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Columbia Museum of Art

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Address: Corner of Main and Hampton Sts, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: 803/799-2810
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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It is a Must See 4 Sure

If you're near downtown Columbia, this is truly a must see museum. Staff, exhibits and activities are all top-notch any day of the week.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're near downtown Columbia, this is truly a must see museum. Staff, exhibits and activities are all top-notch any day of the week.

Thank Higgins8418 H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While traveling through Columbia I had some extra time and made a stop at the museum. I was surprised at the amount of religious artwork; especially so because I asked the front desk what types of work were predominate at the museum and she seemed to think it was well balanced. All told it was a delightful, free visit. I... More 

Thank ellabeas
Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am originally from Chicago...and have lived in Columbia, SC since the Columbia Museum of Art has been on Main St. I love the museum because of the permanent collection but mainly because of the various traveling and special exhibits. Now closed the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit was inspiring. Other exhibits like Warhol's work gave a unique look at art not... More 

Thank Jurnee2000
South Carolina
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time. Very cool museum. Had a great time at the new 4D theater. Definitely worth going just for that. Cool experience at the planetarium. Employees very knowledgeable. Has a great experience will go back again.

Thank IronCity2004
Irmo, South Carolina
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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, Columbia is the capital of South Carolina, but it is a relatively small place. This is one of MANY museums in the area and it is really quite good for a small Museum of Art. The programs that are offered are perfect and the children's classes are very good. I especially enjoyed a special exhibit of Rembrandt's copper etchings.... More 

Thank BethIneson
Bluffton, South Carolina
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Visited the museum primarily to see the work of Georgia O'Keefe. Museum is located downtown and is impressive building in a great location. The O'Keefe works were fine, some of her work she completed while living in Columbia. We have seen other of her paintings and have always liked her results. The rest of the museum was much more satisfying... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Nice Museum but very small compared to other large Metropolitan centers. I would like to see more Impressionist and Post impressionist art.... Chagall, Picasso, Miro etc

Thank Edward S
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61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

There are many wonderful things to behold in this small museum. My university students are "forced" to go there and they even find it amazing. Wealth of riches from a variety of artistic arenas.

Thank Binky_610
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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155 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Buying a museum membership can have many benefits, including reciprocal entrance around the country. In Columbia, SC we were so pleased to go to the Columbia Art Museum, a tiny treasure! It's an exquisite small museum offering a great overview of art through the ages - galleries include art from europe, asia and the Americas, and cover medieval, renaissance, baroque,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The permanent art collection we found more interesting than the Georgia O'Keeffe paintings from Columbia.

Thank CMoss13

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