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Columbia Museum of Art

Address: Corner of Main and Hampton Sts, Columbia, SC
Phone Number: 803/799-2810
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Ranked #9 of 50 Attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
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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Asheville, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Greenville, South Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We visited here to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit, which was quite enjoyable. We went upstairs to check out the permanent exhibits. Overall this is a really nice little museum - a good variety of art work - which made the viewing quite enjoyable - We are not serious art museum people although we have visited a number of art... More 

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Chapin, South Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

A very nicely arranged smaller museum on Main St. The exhibitions have always been top class. Pleasant staff. Free on Sunday. Worth an afternoon visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is my fourth (or fifth?) visit to the Columbia Museum of Art in the last 7 years. I came to see the exposition of Norman Rockwell works. It is divided into four rooms on the first floor and it shows which was his creative process from photographs and sketches to the paintings of his famous images. I love these... More 

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Waynesville,NC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The exhibit was wonderful and the public tour was a great way to be introduced to the exhibit. We spent a good deal of time with the exhibit and the went upstairs to see their permanent exhibit. Our afternoon there was very enjoyable. If you love Norman Rockwell it is a must and will be there only a few more... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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151 reviews 151 reviews
28 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We went to Columbia just to see the Rockwell exhibit and it was well worth the trip! The exhibit highlighted the way Rockwell created his extraordinary paintings. They included photographs of the models posing for Rockwell, and how he used these to help create the final work of art. Having these hanging next to the final piece gave us new... More 

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