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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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12:00 - 17:00
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Nice way to spend a hot afternoon

I happened to be in town when the museum had an Andy Warhol exhibit. It was so good! They even had an area where you could take a selfie and send it in for a competition in the... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2015
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

I happened to be in town when the museum had an Andy Warhol exhibit. It was so good! They even had an area where you could take a selfie and send it in for a competition in the Andy Warhol area. When we were done, we want upstairs and saw the regular exhibits. It was a very good collection where... More 

Thank JenniferWendy
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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122 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2015

I wasn't expecting much when visiting the museum. That said, the museum has a surprisingly comprehensive collection: European to Asian collections; various paintings from different era, good selection of furniture and sculpture. Nice good museum shop as well. I spent a couple of hours at the museum and it was the right amount of time for me.

1 Thank Tenacity28
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015

The museum isn't very big, but they have some nice pieces. Our biggest turnoff was that it seemed fairly pretentious. Both the person at the front desk and one of the docents that we ran into seemed kind of snooty, which was a major turn off for us. About two weeks after our visit, we went to the Dali Museum... More 

Thank Mark B
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87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

The Columbia Museum of Art is small but offers many interesting exhibits. They always have a special limited time exhibit that ranges over many different topics ranging from Egypt to Norman Rockwell. It is a great place to visit to relax and slow down a bit.

Thank btown0
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188 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2015

It's not a very large museum, but the collection is not bad at all! And it's free on a sunday, so when you're visiting Columbia there's no reason not to visit!

Thank Peter N
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2015

I hadn't planned to go to this museum,I was looking for the museum at the college but parking is crazy in that town and so I ended up here simply because I could find an empty parking spot. I lucked into a free visit due to a generous patron and I suspect because the museum only had the 2nd floor... More 

Thank Kristin B
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2015

Not all that big but nice collection of art that was well presented. Not busy when we were there so you had plenty of time to look at things.

Thank tacitusone
New Smyrna Beach
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2015

This is a small museum with some very interesting ancient artifacts. A lot of Italian religious pieces.

1 Thank Kone07
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2015

On the day we visited only the regular exhibits were open. Though it is not a very large collection it is very nice. Some of the furniture was really wonderful. It was a nice place to spend a couple of hours during our visit to Columbia. We travel extensively and have visited many small and medium sized museums. This was... More 

Thank BarryBienstock
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 May 2015

Very small compare to those in major cities. However, there is always different nice exhibit on display. It is located on the revitalized Main Street of Columbia with nice restaurants and shops. It is close to Finlay park, river front park, historic state house, historic homes and theaters, university of south Carolina, as well as night life in the vista... More 

Thank dban626

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