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Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
The Columbia Museum of Art celebrates outstanding artistic creativity through its collection, exhibitions and programs, interacting in ways that engage the mind and enrich the spirit.

Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC, CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its collection, which encompasses nearly 7,000 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1950, the Museum now welcomes more than 135,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, Arts & Draughts parties and craft haven gatherings.

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  • 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. 
  • 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 qu...  read more »
  • "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 ex...  read more »
  • My family are regular patrons here. As Columbia resident, I enjoy taking my children to the Museum on a regular basis. We learn something new every time we visit. The gift shop is an adventure in itself! Cannot forget to mention, the Cola Museum hosts wonderful after hours events for adults.
  • Great exhibits, great staff, good atmosphere. Try and catch an arts and draughts!
  • Great day activity for the partner or family. The Museum of Art is reasonably priced and provides entertainment for a solid afternoon. Not the largest museum but definitely worth a look if you're looking for something different. Located in the heart of Main Street, you may as well park and walk to it!
  • A great place to take the family to check out down art in Columbia. Conveniently located right downtown in the heart of the action. Plenty of local businesses within walking distance and lots of parking. Go museum go.
  • Think carefully about joining Columbia Museum of Art. For the last five years, at least, one has tried to sustain a membership (We've been a member for years, but something went wrong several years ago.) but the museum really doesn't seem to care unless you're a massive donor or something. One sends in a check, no response, no cards, no communication. One calls and gets a voicemail, no response, no communication. We belong to the High. We get constant communication: regular magazine, etc. You can't get one from CMA anymore; it's supposed to come monthly on-line, to peons. Alas, no. For the past year, we've used our High card, which has better reciprocity, anyway. This year we relented and tried to renew-- really because we wanted access to the Columbia Design League which unfortunately has aligned its membership with CMA. We sent in our membership a month ago. Again, no response, no cards. These people really don't seem to care. Go to the High, The Mint, but think twice or more before trying to join CMA.
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