Columbia Museum of Art

  • Address: 1515 Main Street, Main at Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: (803) 799-2810

The Columbia Museum of Art is South Carolina's premier international art museum with extraordinary collections of European and American fine and decorative art that span centuries. Founded in 1950, the museum opened its new building on Main Street in 1988 by transforming an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries.

The collections include 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 art glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum also offers changing exhibitions from renowned museums and educational programs that include group and public tours, lectures, films and concerts.

Meeting and reception spaces in the building can accommodate as few as 10 or as many as 1,000, and the museum includes a catering kitchen and 150 seat auditorium in addition to reception spaces. Other amenities include a museum shop and art class studios. The museum is conveniently located downtown near lodging, restaurants, and public transportation. 

General Admission
- Free for museum members. Become a member today!
- $10 adults, $5 students, $8 senior citizens (ages 65 and over), $8 military.
- Free for children ages 5 and under (does not apply to groups).
- FREE every Sunday courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Columbia Museum of Art
1. One of South Carolina’s truly pre-eminent international art museums.
2. World class collection of European and American fine and decorative art that spans centuries.
3. Sandro Botticelli’s “Nativity” is part of the permanent collection.
4. Claude Monet’s “The Seine at Giverny” is also part of the permanent collection.
5. As is Art Glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
6. Changing exhibitions from premier museums worldwide.
7. Lecture, film and art classes.
8. Charles Wadsworth concert series features renowned musicians from around the world.
9. Great shopping in the Museum Shop.
10. Museum building is a captivating architectural conversion – transformed from an urban department store, now a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries.

CHIHULY CHANDELIER
The Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art announced the installation of the Chihuly Chandelier in the Museum's David Wallace Robinson, Jr. Atrium on April 9, 2010. The installation marks the first of its kind in South Carolina and measures an impressive 14' tall, 5' wide and 11' deep. The design was chosen to enhance the asymmetrical shape of the Museum's atrium and a "Carolina Sunset" color-scheme incorporates Columbia's "Famously Hot" shades of golds, oranges and reds.

The commission is a significant work by the internationally renowned artist, Dale Chihuly of Washington State. Chihuly installations are found in numerous museums and private collections around the world, including: The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Seattle Museum of Art, The de Young in San Francisco, and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dale Chihuly's expertise in glass blowing has transformed the medium, and his works are recognized by the organically inspired shapes and bold colors of his design.

MEETING SPACE
Columbia Museum of Art is South Carolina's premier international art museum with extraordinary collections of European and American fine and decorative art that span centuries. Founded in 1950, the museum opened its new building on Main Street in 1988 by transforming an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries. Meeting and reception spaces in the building can accommodate as few as 10 or as many as 1,000, and the museum includes a catering kitchen and 150 seat auditorium in addition to reception spaces. Other amenities include a museum shop and art class studios. The museum is conveniently located downtown near lodging, restaurants, and public transportation.

MUSEUM SHOP
Give the Extraordinary...

You'll find creative, gift-giving ideas for adults and children of all ages and for any occasion in the Columbia Museum of Art's Museum Shop. Bring home favorite art images from the museum's collection. Is there a catalogue from a past exhibition that you wished you had purchased? Commemorative exhibition catalogues and related books are still available from many of the museum's traveling shows. The Museum Shop now carries handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry and crafts created by local artisans. And that's just the beginning! The Museum Shop carries merchandise from the great museum shops of the Met, MoMA and Whitney, art books and puzzles, jewelry in all price ranges, children's books, toys and creative project kits, and much more.

UPS shipping available. Limited in-town delivery.
Museum members get discounts.

Overview
Pricing
  • Price Range Maximum: $$ - $101-150
Accessibility
  • Handicap Accessible:
Facility Info
  • 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

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until August 27, 2017