This is a well curated, reasonably priced museum that delivers on artistic value. We went to see the recent major traveling exhibition "Impressionism from Monet to Matisse." It alone was worth the trip from western North Carolina, but the permanent collections were in many respects just as impressive. The strength of the permanent exhibitions are the quality and variety of works presented - well selected traditional art work, an amazingly good silver collection, primarily Asian ceramics, a collection of Picasso prints, a relatively small but exquisite number of furniture pieces, and a few more modern pieces. There is also a very nice ChihuIy chandelier. I would recommend a minimum of two hours for a visit that allows you to comfortably see everything. There is a parking garage close by and on-street parking - however, during the week, the best best will be the parking garage. The museum does not have a restaurant and there does not appear to be a restaurant within easy walking distance. Overall, you will be hard pressed to find as comprehensive and high quality a collection of art in this area of the state. if you are going to be in Columbia for any length of time and like art, be sure to make time to see what this museum has to offer.
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