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Columbus Area Visitors Center

Columbus, IN, USA
About Columbus Area Visitors Center
See the architecture that made Columbus, Indiana famous. Find out why the American Institute of Architects ranked Columbus 6th in the nation for innovation and design. The architecture highlights by bus tour drives by over 30 significant structures and works of art by modern masters such as Eero Saarinen, I.M.Pei, Robert Venturi, Robert A.M. Stern and Henry Moore, Jean Tinguely, and Dale Chihuly. This guided tour is a perfect introduction to Columbus. It has minimal walking and features with two interior stops and begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center at 506 5th Street Columbus Indiana 47201. Tour dates/times vary during the seasons, please visit our website to see availability and make reservations.
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J Dade D wrote a review Sep 1
Chicago, United States2 contributions
The tour of The Inn at Irwin Gardens was excellent. The B & B Innkeeper LarryKay gave an absolutely fabulous tour and talk on the Irwin Mansion and Gardens. We were privileged to stay in the Irwin's Bedroom and the experience was truly one of a kind. The breakfast was amazing and served with the professionalism of a high end restaurant. I did not get to go on the Miller House tour with my wife. There was only one ticket left, and that went to my wife. However, the visitor's center ticket taker would not bend the rules and add me to the tour. Thus, only 4 of 5 Stars.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Response from HaleyM559, Guest Relations Manager at Columbus Area Visitors Center
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. It is always a treat to get to experience Columbus from all viewpoints. The Inn at Irwin Gardens is a great place to stay and offers a unique view of Columbus. The Miller House and Garden tour is the most popular tour we have. In compliance with Newfields and the latest guidelines issued by federal, state, and local officials related to COVID-19, we are we are required to limit tour capacity. We hope you come back when we can offer tours at full capacity.
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Shane Waters wrote a review Aug 2020
Marion, Indiana93 contributions1 helpful vote
This building was restored beautifully. The tours offered here are highly recommended and the gift shop is amazing.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Annemarie wrote a review Mar 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania2 contributions
I highly recommend this 2 hour bus tour of the architectural highlights in Columbus. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable (as was our bus driver). The tour includes inside visits of 2 churches with a driving tour of the downtown area. Great gift shop at the visitors center.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Carolyn H wrote a review Jan 2020
Glenview, Illinois18 contributions2 helpful votes
This tour starts with a short video and then a walking tour of the library and First Christian Church. The little bus (a van, really) met us upon departing the church, and we rode a carefully-planned route for the next hour and a half. Our docent was deeply schooled in both the architecture and the town, and their respective histories. In addition to appreciating the design talent, there are remarkable stories of community involvement & business leadership. Towards the end of the tour we debarked again for another church visit. If you're a serious architecture buff, this tour will help you prioritize your additional visits, as we mostly viewed the outsides of the notable buildings. All in all, a very fine investment of two hours! (I should commend our careful and friendly driver, who has won national honors in tour-bus driving -- who knew? -- a definite contributor to a fine day!)
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Date of experience: January 2020
kathy m wrote a review Dec 2019
Cleveland, Ohio95 contributions13 helpful votes
fascinating to hear about the origins of the outstanding columbus architecture and have an easy way to tour it and hear from a knowledgeable guide.
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Date of experience: December 2019