I am not sure if the phrasal verb "show X around" needs an indirect object, X being a direct object. I am thinking you need to show a person around somewhere, but I am also thinking it might not be necessary given the context might make it clear, but I am not sure if you can just omit it.

Here's an example sentence, so that the question is more easily understood:

The plant manager showed investors around the plant.

  • No: The PP "around the plant" is complement of "showed". It's a complement because it's required for this sense of "showed".
    – BillJ
    Apr 26, 2019 at 8:25

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You can say both, and you don't have to be too explicit about the place: it's the place where the people are.

  • The plant manager showed investors around the plant
  • The plant manager welcomed the investors to the plant and showed them around
  • Welcome. Let me show you around.
  • Yes, but the OP's question was about indirect objects. "Around the plant" is not indirect object of "showed", though it is a complement of it.
    – BillJ
    Apr 26, 2019 at 8:33

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