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Columbia Museum of Art

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Address: Corner of Main and Hampton Sts, Columbia, SC
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+1 803-799-2810
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Small city arts

Well worth a visit. Some unexpected art. Have special art exhibits from both known and unknown artists.

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

Well worth a visit. Some unexpected art. Have special art exhibits from both known and unknown artists.

Thank lehn
South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

The costume exhibit of items used in various movies was a great presentation; however the parking garage designated by the museum needs more signage as to where to park. One expects to have a ticket upon entrance. This garage is confusing.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

If you have seen really great art museums you will probably be disappointed. I went for a special exhibit but would probably not go back for the museum itself.

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Blythewood, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

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.

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 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 14 September 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 12 September 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 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 15 August 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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203 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 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

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