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What's Hot This Weekend: Okra, Fall Festivals and Country Music
Posted on September 23, 2016 at 6:04AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer may be over, but there's still a ton of things to do this weekend! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Jubilee, Greek Festival and Gamecock Football
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 7:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Football, festivals and fitness, oh my! This weekend has all the fixin's to get you ready for fall. Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Maroon 5, Roller Derby and Festivals
Posted on September 9, 2016 at 6:23AM by Dayna Cantelmi
September is moving full steam ahead with a jam-packed schedule of events this weekend. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Labor Day Weekend: SC Pride, Fireflies and Cedar Creek
Posted on September 2, 2016 at 6:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Take advantage of the long weekend and pack in as many summer activities as you can before the fall chill soon begins to creep in! Read on for our roundup below, then look through our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Comic Con, Latin Festival and Lasers
Posted on August 12, 2016 at 6:20AM by Dayna Cantelmi
September is drawing near, but this weekend is packed with events that will allow you to cling to summer a little longer. Continue reading for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Water Balloons and a Crab Feast
Posted on August 11, 2016 at 6:30AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From a historic water balloon battle to a seafood feast, the events lined up this weekend send summer vacation off with a bang. Read on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Reggae, Boiled Peanuts and Fireflies
Posted on August 4, 2016 at 8:36AM by Dayna Cantelmi
With so many summer events in store, fun in the sun is the theme of the weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then peruse through our calendar of events for even more that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Daufuskie, Shopping and Plastic Models
Posted on August 4, 2016 at 7:22AM by Dayna Cantelmi
School isn't back in session just yet! Make the most of these remaining summer days by enjoying the activities and events we have lined up this weekend. Check out our roundup below, then take a ...
What's Hot This Weekend: South Congaree Chamionship Rodeo, Fireflies vs. Asheville July 29 - 31
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 1:42PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Finish up July with a bang! Whether you wish to bask in the summer weather or cool off indoors, there are plenty of options to do either this weekend. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Friday Night Laser Lights, Soda City Market, Summer Movie Series July 22-24
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 1:40PM by Dayna Cantelmi
A slew of exciting summertime events are in store this weekend! Check out our roundup below, then take a look through our calendar of events for even more happenings in Columbia, SC. ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Tasty Tomato Festival, Bubble Run, "The Little Mermaid" July 15 - 17
Posted on July 15, 2016 at 5:54AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Bubbles, baseball and butterflies are just a few of the things you can enjoy this weekend! Find out what else we have in store in our roundup below, then look through our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: XTERRA Trail Run, Twilight in the Garden, Repticon Columbia July 8 - 10
Posted on July 6, 2016 at 1:30PM by Dayna Cantelmi
This #famouslyhot weekend offers everything from theatre and summer series to baseball and colorful conventions! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Lake Murray's 4th of July Celebration, Lexington Peach Festival July 1 - 4
Posted on July 1, 2016 at 6:33AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Celebrate America's independence this weekend with fireworks, festivals, baseball and more! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything going ...

Columbia Museum of Art

  • 1515 Main Street
  • Main at Hampton Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-799-2810
  • Fax: 803-343-2150
  • Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm; First Friday of every month 11 am - 8 pm (until 5 pm in December); Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon - 5 pm
  • Visit Website

The Columbia Museum of Art is South Carolina's premier international art museum with extraordinary collections of European and American fine and decorative art that span centuries. Founded in 1950, the museum opened its new building on Main Street in 1988 by transforming an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries.

The collections include masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, works by significant furniture and silver makers, as well as modern and contemporary art. Of particular interest are Sandro Botticelli's Nativity, Claude Monet's The Seine at Giverny and art glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum also offers changing exhibitions from renowned museums and educational programs that include group and public tours, lectures, films and concerts.

Meeting and reception spaces in the building can accommodate as few as 10 or as many as 1,000, and the museum includes a catering kitchen and 150 seat auditorium in addition to reception spaces. Other amenities include a museum shop and art class studios. The museum is conveniently located downtown near lodging, restaurants, and public transportation. 

General Admission
- Free for museum members. Become a member today!
- $10 adults, $5 students, $8 senior citizens (ages 65 and over), $8 military.
- Free for children ages 5 and under (does not apply to groups).
- FREE every Sunday courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Columbia Museum of Art
1. One of South Carolina’s truly pre-eminent international art museums.
2. World class collection of European and American fine and decorative art that spans centuries.
3. Sandro Botticelli’s “Nativity” is part of the permanent collection.
4. Claude Monet’s “The Seine at Giverny” is also part of the permanent collection.
5. As is Art Glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
6. Changing exhibitions from premier museums worldwide.
7. Lecture, film and art classes.
8. Charles Wadsworth concert series features renowned musicians from around the world.
9. Great shopping in the Museum Shop.
10. Museum building is a captivating architectural conversion – transformed from an urban department store, now a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries.

CHIHULY CHANDELIER
The Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art announced the installation of the Chihuly Chandelier in the Museum's David Wallace Robinson, Jr. Atrium on April 9, 2010. The installation marks the first of its kind in South Carolina and measures an impressive 14' tall, 5' wide and 11' deep. The design was chosen to enhance the asymmetrical shape of the Museum's atrium and a "Carolina Sunset" color-scheme incorporates Columbia's "Famously Hot" shades of golds, oranges and reds.

The commission is a significant work by the internationally renowned artist, Dale Chihuly of Washington State. Chihuly installations are found in numerous museums and private collections around the world, including: The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Seattle Museum of Art, The de Young in San Francisco, and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dale Chihuly's expertise in glass blowing has transformed the medium, and his works are recognized by the organically inspired shapes and bold colors of his design.

MEETING SPACE
Columbia Museum of Art is South Carolina's premier international art museum with extraordinary collections of European and American fine and decorative art that span centuries. Founded in 1950, the museum opened its new building on Main Street in 1988 by transforming an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries. Meeting and reception spaces in the building can accommodate as few as 10 or as many as 1,000, and the museum includes a catering kitchen and 150 seat auditorium in addition to reception spaces. Other amenities include a museum shop and art class studios. The museum is conveniently located downtown near lodging, restaurants, and public transportation.

MUSEUM SHOP
Give the Extraordinary...

You'll find creative, gift-giving ideas for adults and children of all ages and for any occasion in the Columbia Museum of Art's Museum Shop. Bring home favorite art images from the museum's collection. Is there a catalogue from a past exhibition that you wished you had purchased? Commemorative exhibition catalogues and related books are still available from many of the museum's traveling shows. The Museum Shop now carries handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry and crafts created by local artisans. And that's just the beginning! The Museum Shop carries merchandise from the great museum shops of the Met, MoMA and Whitney, art books and puzzles, jewelry in all price ranges, children's books, toys and creative project kits, and much more.

UPS shipping available. Limited in-town delivery.
Museum members get discounts.

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  • Handicap Accessible:
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  • Price Range Maximum: $$ - $101-150
Columbia Museum of Art Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 5
  • Total Sqft.: 89,500
  • Theatre Capacity: 155
  • Classroom Capacity: 34
  • Reception Capacity: 1,000
  • Distance to Airport: 9
  • Number of Seats: 155

Arts & Draughts

November 11, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: From: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Art, drink, and be happy! Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig, live musical performances, D.I.Y. art projects, interactive art, scavenger hunts, unique perspective tours, and more. More»

Baker and Baker Presents "Opus Two"

October 9, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
Opus Two has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble, and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin-piano ...More»

Big & Bold: Selections from the Collection

through October 23, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Sunday: 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.; Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.; Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Big & Bold features several well-known artists, including Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Philip Guston, Vik Muniz, Lorna Simpson, Sandy Skoglund, and Andy Warhol. With a wide variety of contemporary ...More»

CMA Chamber Music on Main

October 27, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Happy Hour: 6:00 PM | Concert: 7:00 PM
Chamber Music on Main is a critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the museum's gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception ...More»

CMA Chamber Music on Main

December 9, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Happy Hour: 6:00 PM | Concert: 7:00 PM
Chamber Music on Main is a critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the museum's gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception ...More»

CMA Chamber Music on Main

January 31, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Happy Hour: 6:00 PM | Concert: 7:00 PM
Chamber Music on Main is a critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the museum's gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception ...More»

CMA Chamber Music on Main

March 16, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Happy Hour: 6:00 PM | Concert: 7:00 PM
Chamber Music on Main is a critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the museum's gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception ...More»

CMA Chamber Music on Main

May 2, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Happy Hour: 6:00 PM | Concert: 7:00 PM
Chamber Music on Main is a critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the museum's gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception ...More»

CMA Jazz on Main

November 18, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Happy hour & galleries open: 7:00 PM; Concert: 7:30 PM
Tribute to Dave Brubeck.         More»

Contemporaries' Oktoberfest

September 29, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: From: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Enjoy endless bratwurst, bottomless beer, live music and great friends!     More»

CUT! Costume and the Cinema

November 18, 2016-February 19, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This exciting exhibition includes 43 period costumes from 25 films, depicting five centuries of history, drama, and comedy. An experience like no other awaits visitors as they discover the ...More»

Eyes on the Edge: J Henry Fair Photographs the Carolina Coast

through October 23, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
American photographer and South Carolina native J Henry Fair captures images of the Carolina coast in this new collection of work that debuts at the Columbia Museum of Art. Fair documents our ...More»

Salvador Dali's Fantastical Fairy Tales

March 11, 2017-May 21, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This beautiful exhibition features 36 colorful prints from The Dalí Museum that will delight visitors of all ages. Prints are a major part of Salvador Dalí’s work, and here we ...More»

Spooktacular Night at the CMA

October 29, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: From: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Come have a ghoulishly good time at the sixth annual Spooktacular family fun event. As darkness falls, the museum transforms with ghosts, bats, pumpkins, art stations, sweet treats, and more! ...More»

Whigtoberfest

October 6, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Come out for First Thursday on Main, Oktoberfest style! There will be a free show with live performances by The Distributors, The Poor Decisions, and more! Food available by The Wurst Wagen & ...More»