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. 

Choose From

Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Geter
March 3 - June 11, 2017
ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection
June 2 - August 27, 2017

Art du Jour Tour & Lunch

This special opportunity allows groups to enjoy an elegant lunch in the museum's garden-themed Orientation Gallery, designed and painted by trompe l'oeil artist Christian Thee. Lunch is followed by a private guided tour of special exhibitions or collection galleries of your choosing. This program can accommodate up to 30 individuals. For more information or to book a tour, please contact our Group Tour Manager at 803-343-2163 or tours@columbiamuseum.org. Box Lunch includes two wraps, salad, dessert, and beverage. $25 per person. Price includes group admission. Please note, this special program requires at least 3 weeks booking notice.

Corporate Tour and Art Program

We have implemented a new Art du Jour Tour program especially for companies like yours. Groups as small as 10 and as large as 25 can schedule a tour and adult studio art project at the museum with the option of including lunch for an additional fee. This new program is perfect for team building, strategic planning, or a fun treat to thank your employees. For more information or to book a tour, please contact our Group Tour Manager at 803-343-2163 or tours@columbiamuseum.org.

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.

  • $10 per person (non-ticketed exhibitions)
  • Minimum of 10 individuals
  • $80 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 tours@columbiamuseum.org.

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 fall 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.