Adult Groups

Personalized tours are a wonderful way to get the most out of your museum visit. The CMA is a great place for group trips and is fully accessible.

The CMA incorporates an approach called Visual Thinking Strategies, an inquiry-based method of discussing art, in all of its tours. With VTS, rather than simply being told about a work of art, you explore it as a group. You form ideas about the piece naturally, informed by what you see in the artwork while also building on the interpretations of your peers. Tour guides help facilitate this fun way to explore the exhibitions and galleries. 

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Collection Tours

Gallery Tour: Cornerstones of the Collection
From corner to corner, see key works in the collection from East to West and from ancient to modern. This tour includes gems by artists like Botticelli, Monet, and Warhol, along with the first piece ever purchased by the CMA.
Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection
Discover the rich artistic tapestry of South Carolina. See works by artists in our state and treasures that once adorned local homes. Learn about the Charleston Renaissance, Catawba pottery, and artists right here in Columbia while you explore works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Samuel Roberts, Osamu Kobayashi, Georgia O'Keeffe, and more.
Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection
Get a glimpse into the story behind the art: the science to create the materials, the lives that shaped the artists' views, the thinking that leads a museum to acquire a piece, and the care that's required to keep a work of art in excellent condition for thousands of years.

Art Uncorked

No-fuss artful entertaining. Host intimate gatherings for coworkers, clients, and friends while we handle the details!
Art Uncorked events in our Orientation Gallery include:

  • Set-up of 4 cocktail tables and 2 tables
  • Cheese and charcuterie from Classic Catering 
  • 8 bottles of self-serve wine (4 red and 4 white)
  • A docent-led tour through the exhibition galleries

Art Uncorked spreads and selections vary seasonally and by tier. 
Tiers: $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000

To learn more, call Mario at 803-343-2212.

Docent-Led Tour

Interested in an in-depth tour of the CMA's collection or traveling exhibition? Schedule a docent led tour for your group. Guided tours are led by the museum's dedicated Docent Corp and are a great way to obtain a better understanding of the museum's exhibitions.

  • $6 per person
  • Minimum of 10 individuals
  • $50 non-refundable reservation deposit fee
  • Book at least 2 weeks prior to your visit

Self-Directed Tour

Schedule a date to view the Museum's galleries at your own pace. Informative text panels in the galleries will enhance your experience.

Make your reservation early! We ask that all groups of 10 or more schedule their visit through the museum's Group Tour Manager, even if not requesting a guided tour, to assure the best visit possible. The Group Tour Manager can advise you on the best days and times to avoid peak hours. Please call 803-343-2163 or email

Renovations are Underway, But the CMA is Open

The CMA is undergoing extensive renovations to provide more galleries, more studios, more spaces for programs, and a new entrance on Main Street. To protect the art from construction, the upstairs collection galleries are closed through late 2018. In the meantime, we will remain open throughout the entire process with a full schedule of exhibitions and programs on the first floor. Have questions? Give us a call at 803-799-2810.