The Columbia Museum of Art is South Carolina's premier international art museum with extraordinary collections of European, American, Asian, and modern and contemporary fine and decorative art that span millennia. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds.
In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA recently underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop. Overall, more than 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint.
The collection includes masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, works by significant furniture and silver makers, as well as modern and contemporary art. Of particular interest are Sandro Botticelli's Nativity, Claude Monet's The Seine at Giverny, and Dale Chihuly's Chandelier. The museum also offers changing exhibitions, both organized innovatively in-house and borrowed from renowned museums, and educational programs that include group and public tours, lectures, films, classes, parties, and concerts.
The CMA is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.
Meeting and reception spaces in the building can accommodate as few as 10 or as many as 1,000, and the museum includes state-of-the-art event spaces, catering kitchens, and a 150-seat auditorium. Other amenities include a museum shop and art class studios. The museum is conveniently located in the heart of downtown near lodging, restaurants, and public transportation.
- Free for museum members. Become a member today!
- Adults: $10
- Seniors (65 and over): $8
- Military: $8
- College students: $5
- Youth (7-18): $5
- Children 6 and under: FREE (does not apply to groups).
- Free admission on First Thursdays sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
- $5 admission on Soda City Saturdays, every Saturday 10 a.m - 1 p.m.
- Price Range Maximum: $$ - $101-150
- Handicap Accessible:
- Total Sq. Ft. 89500
- Reception Capacity 1000
- Theatre Capacity 155
- Distance to Airport 9
- Number of Seats 155
- Number of Rooms 5
- Classroom Capacity 34