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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
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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It depends upon the exhibits you catch

Once in a while they have a great exhibit...but, they have some pretty mediocre ones too....check what's up before investing your time...if you catch a gem it's well worth it.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Blythewood, South Carolina
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Blythewood, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Once in a while they have a great exhibit...but, they have some pretty mediocre ones too....check what's up before investing your time...if you catch a gem it's well worth it.

Thank dla455
Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This museum has a little of everything: paintings, photos, archeological finds of pottery, modern vases, modernistic glass work, beautiful lamps, furniture, etc. The origin of these objects is also quite varied. So whatever you fancy, you may find something of interest here. What I found most captivating was the temporary exhibition with photos by J Henry Fair, called "Eyes on... More 

Thank Reslysten54
The Garden State
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

"It Was Brain Food to Me" I went on a Saturday and took a tour. I loved it. I paid $12 for entrance, but they do provide discounts for students and seniors. There are several exhibits to peruse and explore. If you can take a tour so you can be informed or ask questions.

Thank Nia717
hilton head island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

visited the columbia museum of art while they were offering free entry to families of servicemen. very nice of them to extend this kindness. a sweet museum that includes a great collection of renaissance, baroque and 18th-century art. the rich and beautiful works representing the birth of jesus through his resurrection is displayed in small galleries according to century in... More 

Thank hipyogachic
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

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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Lexington, SC, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

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.

Thank Eileen S
Columbia, SC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

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 

Thank PJL_SC
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank alanconway31
North Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Deanna W
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Ken B

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