Become a CMA Member

Our Solo and Duo memberships are a great way to experience the CMA. Our Solo membership covers one adult and all children (under 18) while our Duo membership covers two adults and all children in the household. 

We support educators by offering a great membership discount. Get a full year of free admission for just $15 for a Solo membership (saving $40) or $30 for a Duo membership (saving $50). 

Discounted Solo Membership

Use the coupon code SOLOEDU to save $40 on a one-year Solo membership at checkout.

Get your Solo Membership with code SOLOEDU

Discounted Duo Membership

Use the coupon code DUOEDU to save $50 on a one-year Duo membership at checkout.

Get your Duo Membership with code DUOEDU

Member Benefits:

  • Free unlimited admission for one year
  • Discounts on concert tickets, classes, and lectures
  • Free admission to over 150 museums across the Southeast
  • Invitations to members-only events, including Exhibition Opening Parties
  • 10% discount on CMA and exhibition merchandise
  • 20% discount on summer camps and art classes
  • All levels except for Student and Avant-Garde include free admission for children 18 and under, for no additional cost

Educator Benefits

In addition to a steep membership discount, all current teachers can enjoy:

Merchandise Discount 
Save 10% on CMA and exhibition merchandise with your SC educator ID.

Teacher Appreciation Week 
Enjoy free admission April 30 – May 1 in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Simply show your educator ID at the Welcome Desk.



Linking Ecology and Art of Floodplains
A partnership program with Congaree National Park

Meet park rangers and museum educators as they introduce you to Congaree National Park with a virtual field trip that delves into the processes of erosion, deposition, and weathering and how they affect our natural landscape. Go on a nature walk, watch and learn with interactive science experiments, and explore art through landscapes in the museum's galleries before creating your own watercolor works of art. 

Download videos; art and science lessons here

Supported by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and Richland County


Educator Guide

2023 – 2024 School Year


The CMA has many offerings for educators both for working with students and for continuing education efforts. Explore them through the links above, or download this brochure to see it all in one place. 

Download the Brochure


MacArthur Goodwin Award

Know an art teacher who deserves recognition?

The MacArthur Goodwin Award honors individuals who foster progress in visual arts education through the utilization of community arts resources, such as museums and arts centers within South Carolina.

Send nominations to Glenna Barlow at gbarlow@columbiamuseum.org.

Nominations should include:

  • A one- or two-page, typewritten narrative that summarizes the accomplishments of the nominee as they relate to a current program or project
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one letter written by a constituent, such as a parent, guardian, or program participant
  • A summary vitae/resume for the nominee (limit: 3 pages)