Presented by The Blanchard Family


Closing Weekend!


Saturday, January 11, 2020
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 12, 2020
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tickets available at the door.


Van Gogh and His Inspirations is an original exhibition organized by the CMA that brings the work of one of the most beloved artists in the world to Columbia, South Carolina, alongside a variety of handpicked paintings and drawings that shaped his vision. From 2001 to 2010, as Steven Naifeh and Greg Smith researched their New York Times bestseller Van Gogh: The Life, they built a collection of over 30 works by artists who influenced Van Gogh’s aesthetic thinking. These works join loans from 12 museums across the U.S. to explore the artistic evolution of Van Gogh through the lens of the artists who inspired him.

This exhibition also brings 12 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, including an outstanding painting of flower fields from the National Gallery of Art, a sensitive painting of a peasant weaving from The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the world-famous self-portrait from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Side-by-side with their inspirations, these works offer visitors a window into the mind of Van Gogh. 

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours? And how much is admission?

The CMA is open six days a week (every day except Monday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. Admission to see Van Gogh and His Inspirations is $15 or less. For full details, see the hours and admission page.

What does my $15 get me?

Your admission to Van Gogh and His Inspirations also includes admission to all other CMA galleries. We encourage you to explore the Cross Hatch, an interactive space for all ages, right next to the exhibition, as well as other exhibitions and the CMA collection.

Do I need to buy advance tickets?

Walk-up tickets are also sold for this exhibition, so you do not have to purchase advance tickets. The advantage to advance tickets is that you will gain faster access to the galleries on crowded days.

Are advance tickets time-restricted?

Advance tickets are not time-restricted. They are good for admission at any time between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the day for which they were purchased.

What about Soda City Saturdays and First Thursdays?

Soda City Saturdays provide an opportunity to see Van Gogh and His Inspirations for $10 on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. These tickets are not sold in advance and must be purchased when you arrive at the museum.

The CMA galleries are open and free for First Thursdays on Main from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Advance tickets are not available for these days.

The galleries will be open on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to this exhibition's popularity, there may be a wait to enter.

How do I book a group tour?

If you have a group of 10 or more visiting the museum, book a group tour to save on your admission! Get more details here.

What about public tours?

Public tours of Van Gogh and His Inspirations are offered every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and every other Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. See all upcoming talks and tours about the exhibition here.

Where can I park my car?

Metered parking is available on all of the surrounding streets and is free on Saturdays and Sundays. The PJ Cannon garage on Taylor street is only a couple of blocks away. Learn more here.

Do you have wheelchairs?

We do! Wheelchairs are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit our visitor services desk to check out a wheelchair. If you need assistance while using a wheelchair, please bring a caregiver to help you.

When will the museum be most crowded?

This exhibition is popular, so it may be crowded at times. We can't fully predict when this will happen, but we do have some guesses. The few weeks right after it opens and right before it closes are likely to be more crowded. On the weekdays, school tours take place in the mornings, so afternoons may be less crowded. See the field trip forecast to the right for more information about school tour attendance this week.

Will this exhibition travel anywhere else?

It won't! This original exhibition has been created by the CMA, and involves loans from multiple museums and private collectors. It will not travel. 


Field Trip Forecast

Planning to visit this week? Here's how many students will be touring the galleries each morning:

DateNumber of Students
Tuesday, January 7215 students
Wednesday, January 8129 students
Thursday, January 9244 students
Friday, January 10127 students