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Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Come out and enjoy the lovely spring weather this month! Read on for a roundup of things to do below and check out our calendar of events for everything else going on all month ...
Your Guide to All Things Green: St. Pat's in Five Points
Posted on February 10, 2017 at 12:25PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Blarney! On March 18th, Columbia, SC will become a sea of green for the 35th Annual St. Pat's in Five Points celebration. And you're in luck, because we have everything you need to know ...
Top 10 Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Weekend in Columbia, SC
Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:56AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be in the know and travel on the path to totality in the "Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast," Columbia, SC. The entire region is hosting eclipse-related events throughout the long weekend ...
What's Hot This February
Posted on January 24, 2017 at 11:51AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Short on days, but long on fun, February is jam-packed. Keep reading for our roundup of things to do below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening ...
Smell the Roses in Columbia, SC This Valentine's Day
Posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:27PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia has been struck with Cupid's arrow and we have everything you need to know to plan the perfect Valentine's Day.   Posted by Conquest Brewing Co., Inc. on Friday, ...
What's Hot This January
Posted on December 30, 2016 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Happy New Year! Hit the ground running in 2017 with concerts, exhibits, events and more happening all over town this month. Read on for our roundup of things to do below, then check out ...

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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  • 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

Cabaret: Unsung Heroes

through May 14, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm | Monday: closed | Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 5 pm | Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Cabaret is a series of Santiago Echeverry’s three-dimensional portraits and videos of the LGBT community and its allies in Wilton Manors / Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Drag queens, go-go ...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»

Gallery Tour: Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Geter

through June 11, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
A guided tour provides an overview of Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Geter, featuring an all-new series of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings by Columbia artist Tyrone Geter.  ...More»

Gallery Tour: Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales

through May 20, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Starting: 1:00 PM
A guided tour provides an overview of Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales, offering a chance to explore the connections between art and literature while marveling at ...More»

Greater Columbia Record Fair

April 30, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Records! Live Music! Art! Beer! Hot Dogs! Record Vendors from across the East Coast bringing all the best vinyl to Columbia, S.C. From cheap to pricey, new jams to vintage, classic to super ...More»

Spark Tours Featuring "Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales"

through April 14, 2017
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
The CMA is offering quick, 30-minute Spark Tours of Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales. These fun tours spark the imagination of busy people with limited time to visit the museum ...More»
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