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Guide to Famously Hot New Year 2015: Deals, Food, Transportation, Parties and Events
Posted on December 16, 2014 at 8:35AM by Alli Finkelston
Discover the New Year on South Carolina's Main Street with the largest free NYE party in the state. Ring in 2015 at the footsteps of the picturesque South Carolina State Capitol from 6:30 p.m. to 1 ...
What's Hot This Weekend: December 18-21
Posted on December 16, 2014 at 8:34AM by Alli Finkelston
This weekend, try one of our famously hot itineraries for a perfect weekend to celebrate the holidays, have non-stop family fun or learn everything you've ever wanted about the history of SC. Scroll ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things To Do December 11-14
Posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:20PM by Alli Finkelston
Attention: Christmas is less than two weeks away! It's officially crunch time for gift shopping, cookie eating and making memories. Let us help you check off your holiday bucket list with these ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do December 4-7
Posted on December 4, 2014 at 8:33AM by Alli Finkelston
Start hanging up your wreaths of holly, blasting festive tunes and stringing your best twinkle lights because the holiday season is officially in full swing. Collect brownie points with Santa at ...
What's Hot This Thanksgiving 2014
Posted on November 21, 2014 at 2:44PM by Alli Finkelston
The yummiest holiday of the year is finally here! Count your blessings over a heaping platter of delicious roasted turkey, creamy mashed taters and all of the fixin's. Once you wake from your food ...
Top Holiday Events in Columbia, SC for 2014
Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:15PM by Alli Finkelston
The most wonderful time of the year is here! Start hanging your stockings by the chimney with care because Kris Kringle is coming to Columbia, SC. Stock up on candy canes and check out these ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do November 20 - 23
Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Here in Columbia, SC, we love a chance to celebrate. This weekend is bursting with opportunities to cheer on athletes, spread holiday joy and commend local artists. Catch the supportive spirit with ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do November 13-16
Posted on November 12, 2014 at 3:30PM by Alli Finkelston
Get a head start on holiday shopping, cheer on fierce competition and celebrate the 200th anniversary of Norway's Independence -- all in Columbia, SC this weekend. Browse our 5 things to ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do November 6-9
Posted on November 5, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Once upon a time in Columbia, SC... This weekend, the capital city is alive with magical events and spectacular shows. Enjoy these 6 fantastical things to do listed below and browse ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do October 30 - November 2
Posted on October 29, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
 You're the one that I want, Columbia, SC! The capital city has what you're searching for to have a legendary Hallo-weekend. Check out our 7 suggestions of things to do listed below ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do October 23-26
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Do you enjoy bluegrass music or Korean culture? Comedy shows or tragic Shakespearean plays? Figure out which side of the spectrum you'll choose in our list of 7 opposite things to do listed ...
The BOO! Southern Hot Spot
Posted on October 20, 2014 at 2:30PM by Alli Finkelston
Beware, ghastly ghouls are lurking around every corner of Columbia, SC this October. Enjoy the crisp weather while sipping apple cider and carving the perfect Jack O' Lantern. The BOO! ...
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera at Columbia Museum of Art
Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:48AM by Dayna Cantelmi
   Norman Rockwell, "The Kid with the Camera Eye," was a famous illustrator revered for his incredible ability to idealistically capture everyday moments. From iconic Americana ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do October 16-19
Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:00AM by Alli Finkelston
Ready to sail off to a new adventure? In the spirit of Columbus Day, set your sights on discovering Columbia, SC! Scour our 8 categories of things to do listed below and don't forget to ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do October 8-12
Posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:00AM by Alli Finkelston
This weekend, Columbia, SC is spilling over with great events! The opening of the South Carolina State Fair is the main attraction supported by side stage events such as main-stage performances, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do October 2-5
Posted on October 1, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
October has arrived! Even though the weather is still famously hot, it's time for spooky attractions and all things pumpkin flavored. Browse our 7 autumn-themed things to do listed below ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do September 25-28
Posted on September 24, 2014 at 1:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Whether you're visiting the Columbia area for USC Parent's Weekend, ESPN College GameDay or one of our top-rated famously hot attractions, this weekend is full of events that cater to ...

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
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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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  • # 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

2015 Gala: A Fair to Remember

March 21, 2015
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: 7:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
The Columbia Museum of Art is thrilled to announce our 2015 Gala, A Fair to Remember, to be held on Saturday, March 21. The gala will celebrate the major spring exhibition, Charles Courtney Curran: ...More»

Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection

through January 8, 2015
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon - 5 pm
  This exhibition represents the fastest-growing area of the CMA collection ? modern and contemporary art. This installation features new works shown for the first time and notable ...More»

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

through January 8, 2015
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon - 5 pm
  Norman Rockwell is one of the most famous and beloved American illustrators for his depictions of everyday life created with humor, skill, and emotion. However, it is little known that ...More»

Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection

through January 4, 2015
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon - 5 pm
This intimate and colorful exhibition uses still life painting to tell the story of American art. From polished photographic apples, to loosely, but lovingly, painted bowls on the kitchen table, ...More»