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Columbia Museum of Art Education

The Columbia Museum of Art's educational programs enrich the lives of thousands of students and educators each year with a wealth of opportunities. Programs for families and children make learning about art fun, and adults can choose from lectures, art classes and workshops that foster their creative spirit and desire for life long learning.

Many of the Museum's classes, lectures and teacher programs qualify for recertification units through the South Carolina State Department of Education.

K-12 School Programs

School programs at the Columbia Museum of Art are nationally recognized for their excellence in providing students of all ages state and national standards-based cross-curricular learning experiences. There are a variety of grade appropriate programs from which to choose that encourage learning through interactive activities. Programs for students in grades Pre-K through 12 can also include a meaningful, hands-on art-making experience in the studios. Suggestions for pre- and post-visit activities are included with the confirmation materials that you will receive. <more>

School Visits

The Museum's education programs are recognized for their curriculum-based approach. The Museum is a resource where people of all ages and backgrounds can come for enrichment, inspiration and learning. Interactive gallery tours based on the Museum's art collection or temporary exhibitions can be combined with hands-on creative projects in the studios. Each visit brings your students new discovery and we look forward to seeing you and your students! All school groups, including self-guided groups, must have a reservation. School Group Tour pricing is only available during the week (Wednesday through Friday).

Click here for important information about Group Visits.

Boyd Plaza, in front of the Museum, is a lovely spot for enjoying bag lunches on sunny days. Finlay Park, located within one block of the Museum, is also a great location. Your pre-visit packet will include a listing of nearby casual dining restaurants.

Outreach & After School

The Columbia Museum of Art provides many excellent opportunities for art education in South Carolina. Providing community outreach programs for children is an important part of the Museum's mission. To find out how the Museum can assist your organization with art education programs, contact the Columbia Museum of Arts's Outreach Coordinator.

Home School Programs

Parents and home-schooled children can choose to book a K-12 tour program or they can attend One Room Schoolhouse.

One Room Schoolhouse is designed especially for home-schooled children ages 4 and up and their parents. This program combines an exploration of the galleries with a creative activity in the studio. Programs take place in the mornings and afternoons on the second Friday of each month, September through May. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of children.

One adult and one child is $48 or $24 for members* for the season. Each additional child is $12 (limit 3 children per adult).

*Member discounts apply to Kids Plus members and above.

Register early as enrollment is limited! Pre-registration is required for all programs. We're sorry, but walk-ins and telephone registration are not accepted.

Check CMA's Home School page for a listing of upcoming programs!


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