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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
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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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Good general collection with some stand-out pieecs

The art museum in Columbia, SC, houses a good general collection of mostly European and American paintings with some Classical and Far Eastern antiquities thrown in for good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Dover, Delaware
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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had been to this museum on a previous visit to Columbia and enjoyed it. Nice building, good collection for a small city and located in the heart of downtown. Was attracted this time by an ad for a Dali Exhibit. Exhibit itself was very good as well as a second special exhibit by an African-American artist. However, imagine our surprise... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The art museum in Columbia, SC, houses a good general collection of mostly European and American paintings with some Classical and Far Eastern antiquities thrown in for good measure, along with some furniture and sculpture. There are two special exhibit galleries on the first floor as well. The highlight for me was the glass sculpture that hangs in the atrium.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It always offers something great!! The exhibits are well thought out, interesting and informative. Its been a great addition to Columbia

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my second time at the museum. Enjoyed the Norman Rockwell exhibit and just viewed the costumes from the movies. This is a small museum,but they seem to have good special exhibits,Check out the beautiful glass chandelier in the entrance area.

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

I made my third trip in as many years to the Columbia Museum of Art last week. My main reason for going each time has been the special exhibits. The first was a Normal Rockwell exhibit, next was Georgia O'Keefe and the last was CUT- Costumes and the Cinema. Each one has been better than the last. Can't wait to... More 

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Leesville, South Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The museum is small, but friendly and unexpectedly nice. Special exhibits are downstairs and require the full entrance fee even on free Sunday's. The upstairs houses the permanent collections. First there are some few, but nice relics from, Egypt, Sumaria, Greece, Rome, etc. The paintings, many medieval, are high quality and well preserved. Galleries move forward in time. For the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

One would never think that a museum this caliber would be in downtown Columbia. I've attended several exhibitions of famous artists and art movements. A very relaxing activity.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I have been to the Columbia Museum of Art several times and have enjoyed the visit each time. And my visit yesterday was no exception. The CUT! exhibit that runs to February 19th is a must see! I had seen many of the films & it was so great to see to see the actual costume worn in the films... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Always an amazing venue for special events. The Arts & Draughts last night was no exception. The variety of events ensured an eclectic crowd. Featured beers were excellent, the museum staff/volunteers were helpful and friendly. For very little expense, I was able to have a fulfilling, entertaining and enriching evening.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I believe the main collection is free on Sundays for locals, but the exhibitions are the best part and doing that will cost $15. Currently, there is an exhibit on costumes from tv and film from based from the time period of mid 1800's to early 1900s. Its worth the admission to see and learn about different costume techniques. In... More 

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