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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
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A City Treasure

There is always a reason to visit the CMA: Varied exhibits, educational events, music series, the annual gala. The list goes on and on. Recognized with awards statewide and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
ClaudeMWalkerJr
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is always a reason to visit the CMA: Varied exhibits, educational events, music series, the annual gala. The list goes on and on. Recognized with awards statewide and nationally for its excellence, this is a must-see.

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Thank ClaudeMWalkerJr
Lexington, SC, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum with great emphasis on community connections and the artistic community in the state of South Carolina. I'm proud to be a member and am getting exposure to a variety of arts (visual, musical, and written) through the events that take place at the museum.

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Thank Eileen S
Columbia, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As others have said, the museum has a very good variety but for me the best thing they do is the limited showings. The curator brings in some really interesting exhibits that seem to always make an impact. While the museum is not real big it is well done and a great place to visit. As members, we visit every... More 

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Thank PJL_SC
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

One of the best local museums we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. We have been to many locations around the States. This beautiful location is, modern, brightly lit and full of treasures for every appetite.

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North Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Nice arrangement of galleries open for viewing. Information displayed regarding the artists was readily available and curators have done a great job of educating visitors to this Museum. Great location right downtown.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The Columbia Museum of Art provides a very manageable overview of artwork from ancient times to contemporary photography and sculpture. The permanent collection has several rooms dedicated to the Middle Ages as well as the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We spent about 1-1.5 hours walking through the permanent collection, which is free on Sundays.

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Thank Ken B
Cataula, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Had to stay over the weekend on a business trip in Columbia. Needed something to do so I visited the Museum. Very good collection and nicely displayed. Great find.

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Thank Bryan G
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

What a delightful surprise. My husband and I really enjoyed our visit. The rooms flowed from one room to the next, with both art on the walls and glass cases pleasantly placed for complete viewing. From recent exhibits to pottery over 4000 yrs. old, this museum had an array of collections in art and artifacts that were both interesting and... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

My 11 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed our visit. We picked up a map and I let her pick which collection she wanted to see (colonial) and I picked one I wanted to visit and we started with just two so we could focus on that. Then we had fun visiting the other areas. I was awed by the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Columbia Museum of Art never fails to bring interesting, innovative, and exciting exhibits through the heart of South Carolina. The museum offers special exhibits as well as a permanent collection of fine art from different eras. The Museum also offers fun, interactive exhibits for children, and hosts fun art and pottery classes.

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