Hours of Operation
|Sunday||10 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|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.|
Free admission for federal workers (with ID) and their families during the government shutdown.
|Museum Members||FREE - Join today!|
|Seniors (65 and over)||$8|
|Youth (7 - 18)||$5|
|Children (6 and under)||FREE - Does not apply to groups|
Free admission on First Thursdays sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
$5 admission on Soda City Saturdays, every Saturday 10 a.m - 1 p.m.
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.
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.
Professional and commercial photography/videography is allowed inside the CMA with a scheduled appointment and a possible fee. Portraiture, including bridal, engagement, baby announcement, graduation, and prom photos, is allowed inside the CMA with a scheduled appointment and a fee. Contact our special events team to inquire. 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.
- 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.