Columbia prides itself on its culture, which is evident in the many theatres, galleries, dance companies, and orchestras, as well as the numerous museums and historical sites. The Koger Center for the Arts features more than 500 theater, music, and dance performances from around the world each year. Guests include the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Columbia City Ballet . And the South Carolina Shakespeare Company brings free performances to Finlay Park every October.
At the top of the museum scene is the South Carolina State Museum , the state’s largest museum, with exhibits on science, technology, history, and the arts. The Columbia Museum of Art  features changing exhibits throughout the year, including amazing art, lectures, films and guided tours. And the McKissick Museum , located on the University of South Carolina campus, features varying displays or art, science, regional history and folk art.
Visitors interested in local culture can visit the Confederate Relic Room and Museum for a wonderful collection of relics from the South Carolina confederate period. And at the Cayce Historical Museum , learn about the architectural, social, and cultural heritage of Old Saxe-Gotha, Granby, Cayce, and West Columbia areas of the city.