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Miller House and Garden Tour

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Address: 506 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN 47201
Phone Number: 8123782622
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Description: The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and...
The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley. In 2000, the Miller House became a National Historic Landmark. The home, completed in 1957,was described in the Wall Street Journal as "...not only a landmark of modern architecture but also a fine example, possibly the finest, of a kind of modernist design with which too few are familiar, one that is warm, livable and majestic as it flows together with the landscape." Guided tours, with only 13 guests per tour, are offered 11 times a week from March through November.
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Do not miss this! Buy online tickets before you come so that you can go. They only take 24 people a day. Saarinen created the conversation pit here. Eames created outdoor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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158 reviews 158 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Do not miss this! Buy online tickets before you come so that you can go. They only take 24 people a day. Saarinen created the conversation pit here. Eames created outdoor furniture here. It is a gem, inside and out.

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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is the type of mid-century modern home that is warm and comfortable. It looks like a real family could live there, and they did. The house was very interesting to tour with lots of great design features inside and out. My only complaint was the tour guide who presented like a grammar school teacher, complete with forced enthusiasm and... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I visited the Miller House in the dead of winter, with snow on the ground, certainly not the best time to see this jewel of a house, but I was so intrigued it didn't matter. I learned so much about Saarinen, Kiley, and Girard and their collaborative work on this fantastic mid century modern masterpiece. I loved the clean lines... More 

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Indianapolis
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I visited the Miller house today and I can't say enough in favor of it. First, let me say that I got tied up in an interstate traffic snarl on the way to Columbus, and ended up arriving at the visitor's center 4 minutes AFTER my tour was scheduled to depart, instead of the half hour early the website recommends.... More 

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USA
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Miller House is an amazing achievement of simplicity, art and function. If you have an interest in mid-century design the Miller House should already be on your list. If not, get there soon!

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Dayton, Ohio, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great little tour for a rainy day, little pricey ($22) for an 1.5-2hr tour. The house and history of the architecture and the Miller family are very interesting.

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Grayslake, Illinois
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a must see of brilliant men collaborating on a project. From the moment you walk into the home you are awed by the sheer design. It's so unique and although it is a showcase it is also a home that is welcoming. Dan Kiley did an extraordinary job on the landscape which I fell in love with as... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The IMA runs this 1.5 hour tour that gives you access to the home and grounds of this amazing mid-century home. The volunteer docents are very nice and try to give funny stories about the family that lived here. The home is a collaboration of Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard's best work....the "conversation pit" alone is worth the trip. Unfortunately... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The tour, available through the IMA and the Visitor's Center, is a great opportunity to step back in time to the late 50s and early 60s. Although it is a piece of modern art in it's own right, it was also a home and it reflects the owner's lives. The layout is in the mid-modern style and very interesting. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a wonderful example of a mid-century home. It has the best of the time. Our docent, Dody was knowledgeable of the house and the family that had lived there. The house is a beautiful showcase of Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and Dan Kiley. Reservations are a must. The number per tour is very limited.

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