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What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Black History Parade, Mardis Gras Columbia Feb. 5 - 7
Posted on February 5, 2016 at 7:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The winter blues don't exist in Columbia. This weekend is packed with events, festivals, exhibits, shows and more! Continue on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
10 Local Hints for Valentine's Day
Posted on February 4, 2016 at 8:07AM by Guest Blogger
Love is in the air in Columbia, SC as Valentine's Day approaches. Whether looking for the perfect gift or romantic moment, here are some ideas to show some love this holiday.Bruges ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Aladdin," Dinos: The Big Dig, CMA Chamber Music on Main Jan. 29 - 31
Posted on January 29, 2016 at 9:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From clogging and dinosaurs to shopping and State House tours, there's no shortage of things to do this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: World Beer Festival, "Strings and Salsa," "Circus XTREME" Jan. 22 - 24
Posted on January 21, 2016 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Art, theatre, dinosaurs, craft beer - we've got all of this and more this weekend! Read through for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Treasure Island," Restaurant Week, "Freedom Fest 2016" Jan. 15 - 17
Posted on January 14, 2016 at 12:09PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Do a little bit of everything this weekend! Take advantage of the special menus and deals during the final days of Restaurant Week Columbia, peruse the booths at Soda City Market, visit the museums ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Restaurant Week, Walk for Life, CMA Gallery Tour Jan. 8 - 10
Posted on January 8, 2016 at 10:52AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The holidays are now over and the new year means a whole year ahead of new experiences and opportunities. Jump right in and see all that's going on this weekend. Read our roundup below, then check ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "Got Snow Festival," Main Street Ice, WinterFest Jan. 1 - 3
Posted on December 31, 2015 at 8:37AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Kick off the new year in Columbia, SC! From exhibits and ice skating to shopping and concerts, we have everything you need to start 2016 off right. Check out our roundup below, then take a look ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Breakfast with Santa, WinterFest, "The Nutcracker" Dec. 18 - 20
Posted on December 16, 2015 at 1:49PM by Dayna Cantelmi
The weather outside is delightful, so celebrate the holidays in the sun with your loved ones! Continue reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything ...
Slow Down and Enjoy the Scenery in Columbia, SC
Posted on December 15, 2015 at 7:47AM by Guest Blogger
Sweet tea should be sipped slowly and enjoyed, and a visit to Columbia, SC requires you to slow down and visit with purpose. Columbia is a true Southern city that still has a distinct aura of the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Crafty Feast, Hannukah Party, Santapalooza Dec. 11 - 13
Posted on December 11, 2015 at 7:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend is packed with everything from exhibits and plays to concerts and seasonal festivities. Join in on the fun and keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Carolina Carillon Parade, Tracy Morgan, Snowball Festival Dec. 4 - 6
Posted on December 4, 2015 at 9:32AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Whether working off Thanksgiving dinner at the Warm A Heart Race 10K & 5K, laughing at Tracy Morgan's hilarious standup or getting in the holiday spirit at various events around town, there's a ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Main Street Ice, SC vs. Clemson, Holiday Lights on the River Nov. 27 - 29
Posted on November 24, 2015 at 1:23PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be thankful for time spent with family and friends this weekend whether it's at the South Carolina vs. Clemson game, one of our world-class museums or supporting local shops for Small Business ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Oyster Festival, Lights Before Christmas, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Posted on November 19, 2015 at 1:09PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From eating your fill of fresh oysters and brisket to cheering on the Gamecocks and beginning to deck the halls with boughs of holly, there's a wide array of fun events happening this weekend. ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, SC Gamecocks Football, Rocking 4 Relief Nov. 13 - 15
Posted on November 13, 2015 at 8:19AM by Dayna Cantelmi
There's a noticeable fall crisp in the air and we have plenty of famously hot events, exhibits and things to do going on this weekend. Read through our roundup below, then refer 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
  • 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

A Valentine's Tour & Tasting

February 14, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Starting: 6:00 PM
Wine, chocolate, and art...what could be sweeter. Try a twist on your usual Valentine's Day date with a night of art and artisanal delicacies at the CMA. Enjoy a thoughtful selection of wine and ...More»

Art Reimagined

through March 20, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM; Monday: closed
This exhibition features students from St. Lawrence Place Teens and Prosperity Project's mentoring program. Referencing the work in our featured exhibition, REMIX, the teens worked on ...More»

Arts & Draughts

May 13, 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»

Arts & Draughts

August 19, 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»

CMA Chamber Music on Main

March 8, 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. Intimately set in the museum's gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception Hall, ...More»

CMA Chamber Music on Main

April 26, 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. Intimately set in the museum's gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception Hall, ...More»

CMA Jazz on Main

March 25, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Happy hour: 7:00 PM; Concert: 7:30 PM
Enjoy this exciting series of amazing, hot jazz performances, under the artistic direction of internationally renowned band leader Noel Freidline.    $300 includes 6 guests ...More»

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection

through December 25, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the ...More»

In the Mix: From Vintage to Vogue, CMA Gala 2016

March 5, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: 7 pm - 12 midnight
The Gala is the Columbia Museum of Art’s largest fundraiser of the year and raises critical funds to support our mission to provide outstanding art and arts education for lifelong learning ...More»

Passport to Art: Puppy Love

February 14, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: From: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This free drop-in studio program for families features thematic hands-on art projects and a family tour. Valentine's Day is all about love. And what could be sweeter than the love of a dog? Create ...More»

REMIX: Themes & Variations in African American Art

through May 30, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM; Monday: closed
The Columbia Museum of Art presents a groundbreaking exhibition that includes a wide variety of work dating from the early 20th century to the present. REMIX highlights the practice among many ...More»

Runaway Runway

April 2, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Get ready to strut your junk on Saturday, April 2 at the Columbia Museum of Art! This unforgettable experience is also an important fundraiser that benefits the educational programming of the ...More»

Southern Guitar Festival

June 11-12, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Saturday: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Southern Guitar Festival and Competition is an annual event that brings world caliber guitarists to  Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to inspire and educate all music lovers. ...More»

Spoken: African American Art from the Collection

ongoing
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM; Monday: closed
When black Americans sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in decades past, the lyric meant much more than the collective rising of black voices-the lyric called for visibility, for power, for ...More»

Sweet on CMA

February 13, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: From: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Come have a lovely time at the fourth annual Sweet on CMA family fun event. Get creative at art stations, play the valentine bean bag toss, take the "Young at Heart" tour, try the ...More»

The Contemporaries Present "A Silver Screen Affair"

February 20, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: From: 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Join The Contemporaries as we recreate a night of 1920s fashion in old Hollywood style as Tinseltown prepares for the 2016 Academy Awards. Promising to be the hottest event at the coolest place ...More»