The CMA Is Opening Soon!

The CMA will open to the public on Tuesday, June 16, with cleaning and physical distancing practices in place to safeguard staff and visitors. Our care for visitors will include such measures as limited timed admission tickets, reduced gallery capacities, robust cleaning practices, and the requirement for all to wear face masks or cloth coverings. We continue to adhere to CDC recommendations and government directives and look forward to welcoming visitors safely back to the museum!

Summer camps are happening in July and August, and be on the lookout for other programs to come later in the summer.

We will share more details soon. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates, plus a little #ArtOasis in your days.


Hours of Operation

The CMA is temporarily closed. We will reopen on Tuesday, June 16.

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.

  • 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