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

Columbia Museum of Art Code of Conduct


Respect Visitors, Staff, and Volunteers
We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of others based on human difference. 

Conduct not permitted includes:

  1. Any acts or conduct in violation of federal, state, or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. 
  2. Any action or behavior that is disruptive or potentially harmful to others. Verbally abusive, harassing, discriminatory, or threatening statements or behavior toward museum staff, volunteers, or other visitors is prohibited.  
  3. Possession of weapons of any type. 
  4. Leaving personal possessions unattended. The CMA is not responsible for lost, misplaced, or stolen items.  
  5. Leaving minors under the age of 13 unattended. All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an individual 16 years or older. 
  6. Soliciting, loitering, political campaigning, selling of any kind, and distributing or posting of unauthorized materials.  

Respect the Art, Materials, and Equipment
Conduct not permitted includes:

  1. Damaging, destroying, or removing any property of the museum, museum staff, or visitors. 
  2. Violating museum procedures and policies. 
  3. Touching or maintaining an unsafe distance from works of art. 
  4. Improperly using or moving furniture, equipment, or materials.   

Respect the Building and Grounds
Conduct not permitted includes:

  1. Improperly using restrooms, including loitering, solicitation, conducting meetings, bathing, or shaving. 
  2. Bringing in bags or items larger than 14.5″ wide x 17″ long x 8″ deep in the building.  
  3. Bringing animals, except service animals as defined by the ADA, into the CMA and its events. See our full policy under Visitor Guidelines.
  4. Consuming food or drinks inside enclosed galleries.  

Any of these actions may result in the visitor being asked to leave the CMA and its events. Those who persist and refuse to leave when requested will be subject to their behavior being reported to local law enforcement. Repeat violators are subject to loss of future access to the CMA and its events.