Visit the Historic Kelton House


Tours for Individuals

No reservations needed.

The Kelton House will be closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Self-guided Audio Tour

Listen to the story of the Kelton family and tour their beautiful home with an entertaining and educational audio production.

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Saturday 1–4 p.m.
  • $6/adults, $5/seniors (55+), $4/student (18+), $3/student (K-12)

Last Self-guided Audio Tours begins at 3 p.m.

Funding for the Self-guided Audio Tour

“Kelton House: Serving the Community through Increasing Audio Tours made possible by a grant from the Ohio History Connection’s History Fund. The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio income tax refunds and designated gifts to the Ohio History Connection. fund”

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Docent-Led Tour

A costumed docent will give you a tour of the beautifully restored Museum and tell you about life in early Columbus through the eyes of the Kelton family.

  • Sundays 1–4 p.m.
  • $6/adults, $5/seniors (55+), $4/student (18+), $3/student (K-12)

Seasonal Tours









November 26,2017 – January 6, 2018

True to Victorian custom, house decorations push the limits of gilding the lily during special holiday open houses. Every year the Kelton House is decked out in its holiday best with antique holiday decorations and ornaments from the Michael Girard collection. Table top trees, an abundance of hanging garland and specialty decorations are everywhere!

  • December Docent-Led Tours: Sundays, 1, 2 & 3 p.m.
  • Self-guided audio tour: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and  Saturday 1–4 p.m.
  • $6/adults, $5/seniors (55+), $4/student (18+), $3/student (K-12)

Tours for Groups

Group Tour Reservations required four to six weeks in advance

  • Minimum # of guests: 15
  • Maximum # of guests: 50
  • Reservations required four to six weeks in advance
  • $25 deposit required at booking via VISA, MasterCard, Discover or check.
  • $6/adults, $5/seniors (55+), $4/student (18+), $3/student (K-12)
  • Special Group rate for 25 or more: $5/adults, $4/seniors

Learn Sophia’s Secret

Begin your time travel back into the 19th century. “Sophia Kelton” will be your personal guide to the home she and her husband built in 1852. She will also share her family’s secret life as conductors on the Underground Railroad and may introduce you to a runaway making her way to freedom in Canada.

  • $11/person
  • Special Group rate for 25 or more: $10/person
  • 1.5–2 hours

Tour and Tea with Sophia

Sophia Kelton will be your personal guide to her home and will offer you afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and strawberry trifle.

  • $15/person
  • Special Group rate for 25 or more: $14/person
  • 1.5–2 hours

Historic Tour for Adults and Children

A costumed docent takes you on a tour of the Kelton family home and tells you about their life during Columbus’ early days.

  • $6/adults, $5/seniors (55+), $4/student (18+), $3/student (K-12)