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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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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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Not the biggest art museum but there is something for everyone

Enjoyed the variety and was impressed by some of the older works on display. the current "Special Exhibit - Charles Curran" was okay but I found the rest of the museum more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Sumter, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I thought this would be a good place to take my 5-year old son and 11-year old daughter over spring break. The website mentioned their interactive education gallery and backpack exploration adventures. I was very wrong. The gallery turned out to be one room with a few toys in it. I have been to some first class interactive galleries, and... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Enjoyed the variety and was impressed by some of the older works on display. the current "Special Exhibit - Charles Curran" was okay but I found the rest of the museum more enjoyable.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Always have fun with my friends at CMA events, especially Arts & Drafts! The museum has a nice permanent collection but does a very good job bringing in larger traveling exhibits. If they are in between one of their big exhibits it might be best to visit on a free day, but big exhibits like Rockwell and Turner to Cezanne... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Special exhibits are their forte. Otherwise it is a typical small city art museum. Many evening programs of music, lectures, etc.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you love portraits and traditional art, this is the place for you. Modern exhibits are well done, and traveling exhibits are almost always visible.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We visited between exhibitions so we were able to view only the permanent collection which seemed very limited. We expected much more from an art museum in a state capital. There was no admission fee on the day we visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

we stopped in on our drive to Florida to break up the drive and we're lucky to catch a touring show of Norman Rockwell titled behind the camera, it was really interesting. We also took a quick tour of the permanent exhibits and liked them. Really pleasant afternoon.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went to the Norman Rockwell exhibit. Very interesting to see the process he went through for each painting. The Mini tours were very informative. The rest of the museum is the same from years past.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Horrible. Hot and crowded and noisy. Never been in a museum where people were so loud. Twice guard accused me of talking on phone when I was shown how to use it to listen to program since servers were down. Wasn't told to get in line for tour Couldn't hear guide due to noise. I should have been given a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My better half selected this museum because it was hosting a Norman Rockwell exhibit and she knows I love Rockwell's work. (Wasn't that awesome of her?) The museum is located on Main Street in downtown Columbia, in easy walking distance of the State House, parking garages, classic hotels (Check out that Marriott!) and trendy restaurants. (TIP: Go on a weekend... More 

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