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Miller House and Garden is owned and cared for by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Tours at Miller House and Garden are made possible through the Columbus Area Visitors Center. View the information below, or feel free to call the Columbus Area Visitors Center for any specific needs at 1-800-468-6564.
You can purchase ticket online through the Columbus Area Visitors Center.
Reservations can be taken over the phone by calling Ovationtix at: 1-866-811-4111.
The Columbus Area Visitors Center will take reservations on site. Walk-ins will also be accommodated on the day of the tour, if space is available.
Miller House and Garden is open for scheduled tours only. General tours are available:
March - November
Sunday - 1 pm
Tuesday - Saturday, 1 pm & 3 pm
Fridays, Saturdays - 1 pm & 3 pm
The tour is approximately 90 minutes including transportation time from the CAVC to Miller House and Garden. Additional tours may be offered between Christmas and New Years. Visit the online tour schedule to check availability for a specific day or to reserve a tour.
Because of shuttle vehicle capacity, tours are limited to 13 persons. Groups seeking to accommodate larger numbers may contact the Columbus Area Visitors Center at 1-800-468-6564 to discuss arrangements.
General tour information can be found above. Below are two of our specialty tours.
Interested in a more in-depth experience of the Miller House and Garden? Join a knowledgeable member of the Indianapolis Museum of Art staff for a special, more leisurely tour of the property. Still photography is permitted for personal use only and cannot be used in any commercial manner. Curator’s Tours are available at 10 am on the last Thursday each month (June-October) for $100 per person. The tour is approximately 2 hours including transportation time from the CAVC to Miller House and Garden. Make your special reservation online. Flash photography, tripods, and other photographic equipment are not permitted.
This tour offers visitors the opportunity to capture their own photographs of the iconic house. Still photography is permitted for personal use only and cannot be used in any commercial manner. Guests on the tour are not permitted to deviate from the tour path or to ask for access to areas to obtain a particular shot. Photo Tours are available at 10 am on the first and third Thursday each month (July-October) for $60 per person. The tours begin July 19, with one Friday tour on July 6. The tour is approximately 2 hours including transportation time from the CAVC to Miller House and Garden. To enhance the experience, only children nine years and older, with a ticket, may accompany adults. Make your special reservation online. Flash photography, tripods, and other photographic equipment are not permitted at Miller House and Garden.
The Miller Garden is regarded as one of America’s most important modernist landscapes. Join a specialist guide for a more extensive tour of the property with emphasis on the garden and landscape. This tour will include significant walking over varying terrain in outdoor conditions; please dress accordingly. The tour is approximately 2 hours including transportation time from the CAVC to Miller House and Garden. Please refer to the ticketing calendarfor tour availability and make your special reservation online. Flash photography, tripods, and other photographic equipment are not permitted.
NOTE: The Columbus Area Visitors Center is approximately 50 miles from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
All tours will begin at the Columbus Area Visitors Center. Visitors will be transported to Miller House and Garden via shuttle. Because of the property’s location in a residential neighborhood, no visitors can be received directly at the Miller property, whether arriving by vehicle or on foot. Please arrive to the Columbus Area Visitors Center 20 minutes before your scheduled tour. The address is: 506 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN 47201.
Directions from Indianapolis, Louisville
- From the I-65 exit (exit #68), follow SR 46 East into Columbus.
- Continue on SR 46E through the stoplight at the intersection with Indiana Highway 11 and cross the red bridge in the center lane, you will see the courthouse straight ahead.
- Move to the left lane once you have merged onto Second Street, after the stoplight, and as you pass the courthouse.
- Proceed two blocks east to Franklin Street, watch for brown directional sign for the Visitors Center.
- Turn left onto Franklin Street, a one-way street north, proceed three blocks.
- The Visitors Center is on the northeast corner of Fifth & Franklin Street and will be on your right. You may park behind the building – turn right into the parking lot from Franklin Street.
Directions from Cincinnati
- From Cincinnati take I-74 to the Greensburg exit #134A.
- From Greensburg, follow State Road 46 West to Columbus.
- Upon entering the outskirts of Columbus, you will cross the Clifty Creek Bridge; stay on 46W to Franklin Street (from the bridge it is approximately 2-3 miles to Franklin Street).
- You will pass a Dairy Queen on the right, where there is a stoplight.
- The next light is Franklin Street; turn right on Franklin (a one-way street north).
- Proceed north two blocks to Fifth Street; the Visitors Center will be on the northeast corner on your right. You may park behind the building - turn right into the parking lot from Franklin Street.
Limited outdoor photography is permitted on the general tour; photography inside the house is not permitted. More extensive photography is permitted on the Curator’s Tour and on the Photo Tour (see above).
Each individual taking the tour must purchase a ticket, including children. Please note that the fully-guided tours are oriented to adults and are not recommended for children under 10.
Pets are not allowed on the tour bus or in Miller House and Garden. Service dogs are welcome.
Coats & Bags
Visitors must place coats and large bags in a shared closet inside the Miller House; no individual or lockable storage is available.
Strollers & Backpacks
The tour through the Miller House will include moving through some constrained spaces; infant strollers are not recommended. Backpacks and backpack child carriers are not permitted.
Umbrellas are not permitted in the house; storage for umbrellas is provided.
A limited amount of lightweight, portable seating is available for use during the tour.
The tour will traverse hard-surface floors, carpeted areas, outdoor paved surfaces, and gravel-covered areas. Terrazzo terraces surround the house. These are smooth and become slippery when wet; please use caution. Comfortable shoes will make the tour easier and more enjoyable.
Because of its historic nature, the property can present challenges to individuals with mobility concerns, but in most cases there are means available to ease possible difficulties. In order to provide the best possible service, please let us know your needs in advance by calling 800-468-6564.
The tour route through the house is all on one level, with no stairs or changes in elevation. There are minor variations at thresholds and points of transition from carpeted to uncarpeted surfaces. Doorways in the house are narrow, averaging approximately 30” in width; one wheelchair accommodating these dimensions is available at the Miller House. The shuttle to the house is handicap accessible.
The Miller House is also available for a select number of private events. For more information, visit our Facility Rentals page.