The CMA Is Temporarily Closed

In an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the CMA has closed temporarily until futher notice. This includes the galleries and the shop.

In compliance with the city ordinance to avoid gatherings through May 15, the museum has postponed or canceled all events scheduled through that date. Events that have been postponed include CMA Chamber Music on Main, Jazz with Noel Freidline and Guests, Arts & Draughts, and the Greater Columbia Record Fair.

If you hold tickets to a postponed or canceled event, here are your options:

  1. Do nothing! If the event has been postponed, your ticket will be honored on the new date with no action needed from you.
  2. Do something! Support arts and culture in your city by letting your tickets to a canceled event become your donation to the museum. The current situation hits the arts and culture community deeply, and your contribution helps to ensure a thriving creative culture here in Columbia. And it’s the easiest donation you could ever make — you don’t even need to contact us!
  3. Get in touch. If you’d like to  exchange your tickets or get a refund, email us at

Staff is working from home unless their presence in the building is essential, so phones will not be answered during this time.

The museum will continue to monitor developments and take cues from leading health authorities. Should any changes be made in our plans, you can find the latest updates right here on our website. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates as well, plus a little #ArtOasis in your days.

Stay safe. Thank you for your support.
The Columbia Museum of Art

Hours of Operation

The CMA is closed through March 31.

Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. six days a week. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. Galleries close at 5:00 p.m.

Day Hours
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Galleries closed
Shop open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Staff is on-site and available to answer questions. Contact Us

Tuesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month
Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Category Cost
Museum Members FREE - Join today!
Adults $10 general admission
(65 and over)
$8 general admission
Military $8 general admission
College Students $5 general admission
Youth (7 - 18) $5 general admission
(6 and under)
FREE - Does not apply to groups

Free admission on First Thursdays sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Does not include group tours.

$5 admission on Soda City Saturdays, every Saturday 10 a.m - 1 p.m.

Advance Ticket Information

For some exhibitions, tickets may be purchased in advance. Learn more about that here.

Your ticket includes admission to all CMA galleries

Admission to It's Alive! 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.

All tickets will be held at will-call

Tickets will not be sent via email or mail; your name will be added to the day’s will-call list. You will receive an email receipt for your tickets for your records.

Choosing your date online

When you click the link to buy tickets, you will automatically be taken to February 15. If you’d like to choose another day to visit, click on “Other dates…” just below the date shown. A calendar will appear to help you choose a new date.

Return and exchange policy

Advance tickets can be returned or exchanged any time on or before the date for which they have been purchased.

Some dates are not available for advance tickets

The CMA galleries are closed on Mondays and major holidays, so you will not have the option to purchase tickets for those times. You may also notice that the first Thursday of each month is unavailable. 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.

Advance tickets are not time-restricted

You can use your ticket at any time during our open hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on the day you’ve selected. Same day re-entry is allowed with your admission.

Plan your visit to downtown Columbia

Looking for hotels or restaurants to complement your CMA visit? There are so many to choose from! See some options here. Our Visitor Services team will also be happy to help you choose a great destination for a meal or cocktails after your visit.

Looking for the best place to park? The PJ Cannon Garage is located only a block and a half away at 1227 Taylor Street. Find more information here.

Call us with questions

Have more questions? Give us a call! 


  • Visit

    1515 Main Street
    Columbia, SC 29201

  • Call

    Visitor Services: 803-799-2810
    CMA Shop: 803-343-2159
    Group Tours: 803-343-2163
    Membership: 803-343-2198

  • Mail

    P.O. Box 2068
    Columbia, SC 29202

  • Ship

    1512 Assembly Street
    Columbia, SC 29201

The CMA has a brand new look!

Extensive renovations provide more galleries, more studios, more spaces for programs, and a new entrance on Main Street.

See How We Did It

Visitor Guidelines

Bag Lockers & Coat Check

Self-serve coat check and lockers are available near the CMA 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 visitor services 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.

Photography and Mobile Devices

We encourage you to take photos and share your CMA experience with friends! Photography is allowed in all public spaces, and in the galleries except where otherwise noted. Flashes, tripods, monopods, video cameras, and selfie sticks are not permitted throughout the museum. 

We ask that you refrain from talking on the phone while in the galleries and place your phone on silent. 

We also encourage you to use either your own mobile device or one of the available iPads at the visitor services desk to take advantage of our free multimedia TAP tours. If you have any questions about photography or these tours, ask at the visitor services desk.

Professional and Commercial Photography

The CMA is a public organization focused on serving our visitors. While we are happy to be the backdrop for life’s celebrations, we need to be sure that photography does not interfere with the visitor’s art experience. To that end, professional and commercial photography (ie photo shoots) are not permitted in the CMA.

Media photographers and videographers should contact our communications team.

Photography on Boyd Plaza is always free and open to all.

Restroom Policy

Multi-stall restrooms are located on each floor. Single-stall restrooms, including a family restroom, are located in the Main Street Lobby.

The CMA welcomes gender diversity. All visitors are welcome to use the restroom that best fits their identity. We ask that no one be stared at, questioned, or asked to leave. Thank you for making the museum safe, inclusive, and accessible for everyone.

Sketching in the Galleries

Sketching, in pencil only, is permitted in all the second floor 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 visitor services desk about current exhibitions and guidelines.

  • Paper or sketchbooks should not exceed 14 x 17 inches. Easels are not permitted.
  • 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.
  • During times of high volume visitation, sketching may be restricted. Sketching is permitted only in locations that do not obstruct an entrance or exit, do not compromise the safety or security of the artwork and/or other CMA visitors, and do not obstruct the view of the art.
Food and Drink

Food, drink, and chewing gum are allowed in the museum's public areas, but are not permitted in any enclosed galleries.

Lost and Found

For lost items, stop by the visitor services desk or call 803-799-2810.

Code of Conduct

The Columbia Museum of Art is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming visitor experience for everyone. 

See the full code of conduct here.

CMA Photography

Photography and videography may be taken and used for CMA promotional purposes. By visiting the CMA and its events, all persons have consented, released the CMA of liability, and waived all rights to royalties.


Policy on Service and Emotional Support Animals

Service Animals
The CMA complies with all ADA requirements and accepts service animals in the museum as defined by the ADA in 2010.

Types of Service Dogs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Guide Dog
  • Mobility Aid Dog
  • Seizure Alert Dog
  • PTSD Dog
  • Hearing Alert Dog
  • Diabetes Alert Dog
  • Migraine Alert Dog
  • Narcolepsy Alert Dog
  • Seizure Response Dog
  • Psychiatric Service Dog

Emotional Support Animals
The CMA does not allow Emotional Support Animals (ESA) on site. Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan or as therapy animals, but are not considered service animals under the ADA.

Types of Emotional Support Animals may include, but are not limited to:

  • Companionship animals
  • Animals to relieve loneliness
  • Animals to help with depression
  • Animals to help with anxiety
  • Animals to help with certain phobias 

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA