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“Nice museum but very small”

Columbia Museum of Art
Ranked #8 of 109 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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Princeton, New Jersey
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice museum but very small”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised to see a Picasso exhibit that was temporarily there from another museum. Spent a good 90 minutes here. Very nice.

Visited May 2013
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South Carolina
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44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great art museum!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Beautiful setting for a nice collection. Giant Chihuly art glass chandelier in lobby. Traditional art and decorative arts in permanent collection. Rotating shows have recently been outstanding. This museum has a lot going for it.

Visited April 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Galleries Galore”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

This is one of the nicest museums in the Southeast. The permanent exhibits are well organized and flow in a timeline fashion. The collection is varied and the commentary excellent. The staff is most helpful, too. Great value for the price.

Visited April 2013
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Lakeland, Florida
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203 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“First Rate Museum”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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81 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“interesting collection”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

not much of an art fanatic but the museum is filled with a large variety of works from many famous artists. from time to time, touring pieces will stop by in the museum to be seen (most recently Matisse and Monet pieces)

Visited May 2012
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