Group Tours

Get your own backstage pass to the exhibition with a group tour - with or without a guide. You can even add lunch or wine and cheese to make an event of it.


Tour du Jour Lunch Package

$20 or $30 per person (includes group tour ticket)
Looking for a great place for your group to have lunch? Book the Art du Jour: Tour & Lunch package. This special opportunity allows groups to enjoy an elegant lunch in the Museum’s garden-themed Orientation Gallery, designed and painted by trompe l’oeil artist Christian Thee. Lunch is followed by a private guided tour of the Museum’s collection or a special exhibition. Groups can choose from a deluxe boxed lunch and guided tour at $20 per person or a buffet lunch and guided tour at $30 per person. Minimum group size: 8

Box Lunch: Two wraps, salad, dessert, and beverage
Buffet Lunch: Entrée, two sides, dessert, and beverage


Art Uncorked:
Private Tours for the Thirsty

Create your own cultural experience and spend time with friends with a private visit to the Museum. Your group will have your own space to gather and mingle, then take a tour personalized to fit your interests and finish with a private reception with your choice of wine, beer, tea or lemonade and accompanying refreshments.

The Columbia Museum of Art is the premier international art museum in South Carolina, and personalized, private visits let you focus on what interests you - whether it's Ancient Rome, Chinese sculpture, 18th Century France, or the Italian Renaissance.

Personalized tours are a wonderful way to get the most out of your museum visit, whether you prefer to see the traveling exhibition or pieces from the permanent collection. The Museum's lovely Orientation Gallery will serve as your group's private gathering room. You can choose your own theme for a tour, where trained docents will share their knowledge and love of art with your small group in an informal way - so you can ask questions and share your thoughts. Then, relax with your group in a private reception back in the Orientation Gallery and enjoy your choice of refreshments.

A private museum visit is ideal for your book club, garden club, birthday party or corporate event. Looking for a truly special romantic evening? We can help create the perfect atmosphere for just the two of you.

$200 (max 10 people) or $150 (max 10 people) for Museum members. $15 for each additional guest.

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Self-Guided Group Tours

Schedule a date for your group to view the Museum’s galleries at their own pace. Informative text panels and audio tours enhance your group’s experience.

$8 per person
Minimum group size: 10
Must book in advance to receive group ticket discount on admission.


Guided Group Tours

Interested in an in-depth tour of the Museum’s collection or special exhibitions? Schedule a Docent-led tour for your group. Private guided tours are led by members of the Museum’s highly trained Docent Corps and are a great way to get a better understanding of the Museum’s exhibitions.

$8 per person
Minimum group size: 10
Book at least 2 weeks prior to visit
$80 non-refundable deposit fee required


To get more information or book a tour, call 803.343.2163.