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Arts & Culture

DAY 1


Morning:

Start the day off with a visit to the One Eared Cow Glass, a hand blown glass studio where visitors can either participate in a class or watch as the artists create wonderful works of art from molten glass. A small gift shop on site is available for take home items or save space and have it shipped to your door!

Next, take a walk through the Vista, an arts & shopping district in downtown Columbia to find galleries and unique shopping experiences along with delightful restaurants, pubs and dessert bars. On your way to The Columbia Museum of Art be sure to drive to Taylor Street for a view of Blue Sky’s “TunnelVision” and “Busted Plug Plaza”, must see sites to add to your vision bank!
Suggested Tour Times: 3 hours

Afternoon:

Enjoy a fabulous “eye candy” experience of famous artists’ displays at the Columbia Museum of Art, where your group can enjoy Docent Led or Self-Directed tours. Take advantage of the Art du Jour Tour & Lunch which allows your group to enjoy an elegant meal 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 permanent collection galleries of your choice.
3 hours


Evening:

Wrap up your day with a fun filled evening of painting your own masterpiece at Studio Cellar, a painting workshop and wine bar. Dinner and beverages may be ordered while taking part in a painting class or freestyle painting.
3 to 4 hours

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DAY 2


Morning:

Start the day off at the McKissick Museum, located at the heart of the historic Horseshoe on the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina. It was established in 1976 by the University Board of Trustees to bring together under one roof the many object collections housed in various departments and colleges across campus. These collections date to 1801 and provide insight into the long and illustrious history of the University. McKissick Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, operating within their guidelines for the proper care and safekeeping of these historical artifacts.
2 Hours


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Afternoon:

Enjoy a truly unique culture experience at The Longstreet Theatre located in the heart of the USC Campus. This familiar landmark, built along the lines of a Roman temple, was designed originally as a chapel and auditorium for the growing enrollment of South Carolina College. From its inception the building was ill-fated. Completion was two years late and the roof blew off twice. The building was used as a military hospital during the Civil War, and the state legislature met there briefly after the war. From 1870 to 1887 it served as an arsenal and armory for the adjutant and inspector general of South Carolina.
2 Hours

Evening:

Take in a movie at the historical Nickelodeon Theatre, more than just a movie theatre, Nickelodeon is the presenter of the annual Indie Grits Film Festival – an annual showcase of the best in Southern DIY film and culture – which was named one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine. Additionally, the Nick now serves as a major cultural anchor on Columbia’s blossoming Main Street drawing over 45,000 attendees into the heart of our city annually.
3 Hours
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Or to create a custom tour, please contact:

Julie Colson, Director of Sales & Group Tours at 803-781-5940 x 3
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