Columbia, S.C. – As has been announced, the Columbia Museum of Art is embarking on major renovations to create more galleries, studios, and spaces for programs and events. The first step in the schedule to directly impact the public will be the closing of the CMA collection galleries on Monday, March 13, so that construction on the second floor can begin. The museum is offering a number of free opportunities for visitors to engage with the collection before it goes into storage for roughly 18 months, including free admission from Tuesday, February 21, through Sunday, February 26. Throughout renovations, the CMA will continue its full exhibition schedule with related programs, ensuring that there is always art on view.
Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
Thursday, March 2 | 5:30 p.m.
Sundays, February 19 and 26, March 5 and 12 | 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Visitors are invited to learn more about the museum’s exciting collection in the final public tours before gallery renovations begin. A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, and the American galleries. Free.
Passport to Art: Hit the Highlights
Sunday March 12 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.
This year-round program for families features a different theme and hands-on art project each month. This time, Passport to Art takes a look at some museum favorites on the last day the collection is on view before renovations begin. Participants can get inspired at 1:00 p.m. with a “so long” (but not farewell!) tour of the galleries and create their own masterpieces in the studio. Free.
Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides
Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a picture book, games, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. They can be checked out free of charge at the visitor services desk.
Gallery guides include insider information about some of the works on view and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.
Multimedia TAP Tours
Multimedia TAP tours of the CMA collection and exhibitions provide supplemental information on certain pieces through text, audio, and video. They are available free online and designed specifically for functionality with mobile devices. For those without smart devices or headphones, iPads and headphones are provided free of charge at the visitor services desk.