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“Very Nice Museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Columbia Museum of Art

Columbia Museum of Art
Corner of Main and Hampton Sts, Columbia, SC
803/799-2810
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Ranked #6 of 52 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Blythewood, South Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Very Nice Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is a small, but well organized art museum. It is not on scale with the museums that you will find in larger cities, but they have many varied and interesting exhibits. I like it because you can see the whole thing in a couple of hours (longer if you study all of the pieces). And, they bring in some great exhibitions.

Visited December 2013
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columbia sc
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“A little gem in the middle of Columbia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We love the CMA. It is small, but has very good exhibits. I am a member and work close to it so I will go at lunch and just enjoy the galleries.
If you enjoy art and are in Columbia, it is a nice take.

Visited October 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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26 attraction reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Broad Collection, Interesting Temporary Exhibitions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Columbia Museum should be on your list of sites to visit if you have any free time when you travel to Columbia. The collections span the centuries and include works from the Kress Collection as well as ancient and contemporary works. The temporary exhibitions have been particularly interesting for the past several years, and there is a (what now seems to be obligatory for museums) Chihuly chandelier in the lobby. Be sure that you allocate at least two hours for your visit.

Visited February 2013
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Lexington, South Carolina
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“Small Museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Beautiful exterior in the heart of Columbia, however there are really not a lot of displays inside. I was disappointed that there was not more art and sculptures.

Visited September 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Outstanding exhibits find their way to the museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Museum continues to arrange for outstanding exhibits. This year there was art by impressionists, Monet to Pizarro. Currently there is work by Picasso. It is not all paintings, there was also a collection of photos by Ansel Adams. There is a wonderful permanent collection also to be enjoyed. Great initiatives such as lectures by the design league. Nothing old and boring here!

Visited January 2013
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