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National Travel and Tourism Week is Famously Hot
Posted on April 29, 2016 at 7:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
National Travel and Tourism Week, the national event championing the importance of the travel and tourism industry, is back for its 32nd year May 1 - 7, 2016. Columbia welcomes 14.5 million ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cinco de Mayo, Fireflies, Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival April 29 - May 1
Posted on April 28, 2016 at 12:01PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Enjoy the weekend with a number of spring events, festivals and happenings taking place all over town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Artista Vista, Rhythm on the River, Columbia Record Fair April 22 - 24
Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The only thing more beautiful than Columbia's #famouslyhot spring weather is its robust arts scene. Enjoy both this weekend with a number of events happening throughout the area. Keep reading for ...
What's Hot this Weekend: Indie Grits, Fireflies Opening Weekend, The Big Nosh April 15 - 17
Posted on April 14, 2016 at 1:43PM by Dayna Cantelmi
We're in for a #famouslyhot weekend packed with all kinds of fun spring activities! Continue reading for our roundup below, then take a look through our calendar of events for even more ...
Waterfall Junction: A Whimsical Addition to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Posted on April 7, 2016 at 12:31PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Waterfall Junction, the 3-acre interactive children's garden created as part of the Destination Riverbanks expansion, is now open to the public at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.   The ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Hip-Hop Family Day, Alton Brown Live, River Rocks April 8 - 10
Posted on April 6, 2016 at 12:06PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Delve into the many events, shows and cultural experiences going on this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's happening ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Columbia Open Studios, Runaway Runway, Freeway Music Festival April 1 - 3
Posted on April 1, 2016 at 6:28AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and concerts to plays and exhibits, we're in for a jam-packed weekend of exciting events! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cream of the Crop, Spring Carnival, Harlem Globetrotters March 25 - 27
Posted on March 22, 2016 at 12:56PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Spring has sprung and is here to stay, so there's no reason not to get out and enjoy all of the events happening around town this weekend! Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse ...
What's Hot This Weekend: St. Pat's in Five Points, Soda City Suds Week, "Peter Pan" March 18 - 20
Posted on March 18, 2016 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend marks the official start to spring, so get out and enjoy the #famouslyhot weather and the even hotter events going on around town. Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Blue Man Group, Cottontail Festival March 11 - 13
Posted on March 10, 2016 at 12:28PM by Dayna Cantelmi
"Spring ahead" into all the fun events and activities going on this weekend! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Art Day, St. Pat's Official Kickoff, Run Hard Columbia Marathon March 4 - 6
Posted on March 3, 2016 at 6:58AM by Dayna Cantelmi
March is in like a lion this weekend with a full schedule of events, exhibits and shows. Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Chili Cook-Off, "Cinderella," Harambee Festival Feb. 26 - 28
Posted on February 25, 2016 at 2:33PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From chili and ballet to Michael Jackson and cabaret, we've got all that and more this weekend! Scroll down for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "A Silver Screen Affair," Muppet Sing Along, Mann-Simons Site Feb. 19 - 21
Posted on February 18, 2016 at 2:44PM by Dayna Cantelmi
We're in for a #famouslyhot taste of Spring this weekend and there are plenty of events and fun things to do happening around town to get you out and about! Read on for our roundup below, then look ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Sweet on CMA, That's Amore Y'all, R. Kelly, Sidewalk Astronomy Feb. 12 - 14
Posted on February 12, 2016 at 6:57AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Cupid is in Columbia this weekend with a jam-packed schedule of Valentine's Day events. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
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 ...

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

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»

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»

Big & Bold: Selections from the Collection

May 27, 2016-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»

Daufuskie Memories

May 27, 2016-August 7, 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.
In the early 1980s, Daufuskie Island stood alone as the last South Carolina sea island untouched by the outside world. Through a series of over 60 photographs taken from 1977–1982, Jeanne ...More»

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection

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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»

Jasmine and Jazz Choral Concert

May 20, 2016
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
Dick Goodwin Big Band joins the Columbia Choral Society in the premiere of a new work composed by Dick Goodwin and text by Camden poet, Paddy Bell, called Jasmine Rhythms. It is all about the SC ...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»

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»