The Columbia Museum of Art to reopen its doors June 16

Photo credit: Columbia Museum of Art / Drew Baron

The Columbia Museum of Art will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 16, with cleaning and physical distancing practices in place to safeguard staff and visitors.

Protective measures will include limited timed admission tickets, reduced gallery capacities, robust cleaning practices, and the required use of face masks or cloth coverings. The CMA continues to adhere to CDC recommendations and government directives, and its staff looks forward to welcoming visitors safely back to the museum in June and kicking off summer camp season the first week of July.

“We’ve missed you!” says CMA Executive Director Della Watkins. “And we are so excited to welcome you back inside the museum’s spacious and sparkling galleries full of vibrant art. Come on in — the change in scenery will delight and inspire you. We eagerly await seeing your smiling eyes and connecting with you very soon.”

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About the CMA   
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA recently underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop. Overall, more than 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit