We're Here to Help
During your visit to the CMA, our staff is happy to answer your questions about the Museum and the surrounding area. Visit the information desk for any assistance you may need.
Bag Lockers & Coat Check
Self serve coat check and lockers are available near the Museum Shop. Note that umbrellas, backpacks, parcels, and large bags must be checked.
Strollers & Wheelchairs
Complimentary strollers and wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the information desk to check-out a stroller or wheelchair.
If you need assistance while using a wheelchair, please bring a caregiver to help you.
Special care is taken at all times to preserve the artwork. For this reason we ask that you refrain from touching or getting too close to the artwork, display cases, and platforms.
Museum Collection Galleries (2nd floor)
Still photography without a flash, is permitted in the 2nd floor galleries (excluding Gallery 15), on the condition that the photographs are for personal, noncommercial use.
Traveling Exhibitions (1st floor and Gallery 15)
Photography in the 1st floor galleries and Gallery 15 on the 2nd floor is not permitted.
Flashes, tripods, monopods, and video cameras are not permitted throughout the Museum.
Sketching in the Galleries
Sketching, in pencil only, is permitted in all the permanent collection galleries of The Columbia Museum of Art for non-commercial purposes, provided that the following rules are followed. Sketching is also permitted in most special exhibitions; please inquire at the Information Desk in the Great Hall about current exhibitions and guidelines. More Details about sketching in the galleries
  • Paper or sketchbooks should not exceed 14 x 17 inches.
  • Never point at a work using your pencil or any other object. Please do not touch the works for any reason.
  • A reasonable distance must be maintained from the work to allow a clear view for others who may wish to observe the work.
  • No easels or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted. A small stool may be requested from the front desk.
  • We ask that individuals be considerate of the flow of visitor traffic through the galleries while sketching. If galleries are crowded, guards may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing.
Mobile Devices
While in the galleries, we request that you refrain from talking on cell phones and that you place phones on silent. We encourage you to take advantage of our multimedia tours for our major exhibitions. Visit the information desk for assistance.
Food and Drink
Food, drink, and chewing gum are allowed in the Museum's public areas, but are not permitted in any galleries.
Lost and Found
For lost items, visit the information desk or call 803.799.2810.
Occasionally, you may see our security staff assisting visitors with questions or reminding them of these guidelines. Their goal is to make your visit the best through maintaining a safe and creative environment.