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What's Happening 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 ...
What's Happening This Weekend: 6 Things to Do September 18 – 21
Posted on September 17, 2014 at 4:00PM by Alli Finkelston
Need a recipe for the perfect weekend? Combine Greek food, farm festivals and a patriotic 5K with a sprinkle of animals and top it off with amazing concerts. All can be found in Columbia, ...
What's Happening This Weekend: 5 Things to Do September 11 – 14
Posted on September 10, 2014 at 3:45PM by Alli Finkelston
There's lots to do this weekend in Columbia, SC! Browse our 5 suggestions for things to do listed below and don't forget to check out our calendar of events for even more ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do September 4 - 7
Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:52AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It's a bustling weekend in Columbia, SC with celebrations, events, sports, exhibits and more filling up all the days and nights. We have 8 suggestions for things to do listed below and our calendar ...
What's Hot This Labor Day Weekend: 6 Things to Do August 28 - September 1
Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:10PM by Dayna Cantelmi
A holiday weekend means one extra day to get out and explore everything the Columbia region has to offer! From a festival and football games to zombies, exhibits and more, there's no shortage of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do August 21 - 24
Posted on August 21, 2014 at 8:14AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend in Columbia, SC is a flurry of activity with festivals, shows, shopping, exhibits and more! Read through our 7 suggestions for things to do listed below and get swept up in the fun! ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do August 14 - 17
Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:28AM by Dayna Cantelmi
It's a whirlwind of activity this weekend in Columbia, SC! From grand openings and a fishing expo to a number of shows and exhibits, we can barely keep up with all of the wonderful things happening ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do August 7 - 10
Posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:56AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Vacation may be beginning to come to a close, but summer is still in the air and there are plenty of activities scheduled to fill up your weekend in Columbia, SC! Read on for six suggestions on ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do July 31 - August 3
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Kick off the final full month of summer with a bang this weekend by participating in all of the exciting things going on in Columbia, SC! From enjoying a refreshing beer at the zoo to seeing a play ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do July 24 - 27
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:07AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Looking for some fun things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend? You're in luck because there are plenty of events, exhibits, shows and more going on throughout the region all weekend long! See ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do July 17 - 20
Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer is in full swing here in Columbia, SC and that means the entire region is packed with exciting things to do and see this weekend! Read on to find inspiration for your weekend plans, but also ...
Craft and Draft on Devine Street Adds a Unique Experience to Columbia, SC's Growing Beer Scene
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:37AM by Guest Blogger
This post was supplied by local blogger Nick McCormac. McCormac operates the popular site Drink.Blog.Repeat., which you can also follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   There's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 8 Things to Do July 10 – 13
Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:27AM by Mary Elkin
This weekend is packed with entertainment for whatever your mood! Check out these 8 fun things to do in Columbia, SC, but be sure to visit our calendar of events for even more happenings in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"
2014 South Carolina State Fair Concerts: A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n' Roll and More
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:37AM by Dayna Cantelmi
When the autumn air in Columbia, SC begins to smell like funnel cake and carnival lights can be seen from all directions, it can mean only one thing - the South Carolina State ...
Music Farm at the Roof, Columbia, SC's Newest Venue
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 7:42PM by Mary Elkin
Columbia, SC's newest venue, Music Farm at the Roof is opening its doors and setting the stage with shows slated to start this September. The highly anticipated, 1,200 capacity concert ...
Dinosaurs Take Over Columbia, SC: Three New Exhibits Feature Prehistoric Creatures
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 9:18AM by Renée Williamson
Columbia, SC has been invaded by dinosaurs! Discover the Dinosaurs is at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend (July 4-6), while two dinosaur exhibits are ...
What's Hot This 4th of July Weekend: 6 Things to Do July 3 - 6
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:24AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The 4th of July is this Friday and the long holiday weekend means there are a ton of fun things to do in Columbia, SC! Keep reading to find out about the patriotic happenings, a dinosaur ...

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

Free Days at the CMA

through October 3, 2014
Location: Columbia Museum of Art
Times: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Columbia Museum of Art Offers Days of Free Admission September 23 through October 3, 2014 The Columbia Museum of Art opens its galleries for free admission beginning Tuesday, September 23, ...More»

Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection

October 17, 2014-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

October 17, 2014-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»