Tips for Visiting

Planning Your Visit

We want every visit to CMA and The Pizzuti to be an enjoyable, positive experience. Here are some things to know that may help you make the most of your trip:

Protecting works of art is a big responsibility, and you can help!

  • Do not wear anything on your back including backpacks, purses, or child carriers. These objects can knock into art, signage, and other visitors. We have complimentary lockers and back check to secure your belongings.
  • Food and drink are only permitted in specific areas. Schokko Café, Patty’s Garden, the Atrium, Talmage Meeting Room, and Edwards Court all have open seating so you can enjoy your food and drink. The Pizzuti does not currently have a location to eat on the premises.
  • Only pencils are permitted in the galleries. Ink, paint, pastels, and other art mediums are very difficult to remove from works of art if they were to come in contact. Painting in the galleries can sometimes be permitted upon request. Email to receive a permission to paint form.

Pro Tip: Photography for personal use is encouraged! To ensure the safety of our art please refrain from flash or the use of equipment such as tripods, monopods, or selfie-sticks.

CMA is for everyone, including families with young children. Many people worry if an art museum would be an appropriate place to bring toddlers or preschoolers, but we can assure you we are welcoming to visitors of all ages!

There are many hands-on activities around the Museum especially in our Center for Creativity.

We have strollers free to borrow at our welcome desk along with self-guided resources specifically for families and sensory-sensitivity resources.

There is a multi-use comfort room available for visitors who need a low-stimulus break or a private area to breastfeed or pump. There is comfortable seating, a sink, and changing station located in this room.

Pro Tip:
Open Studio is a great drop-in program where visitors of all ages can make art and explore their creativity. Check our My CMA Studio page for for information.

CMA is dedicated to serving all our visitors, including those with disabilities. CMA continues to make significant investments to ensure all our visitors’ needs are met. Check out our accessibility page for all the various resources you can find to make your visit comfortable.

Pro Tip:
Looking to visit during a less busy time? We recommend visiting on a weekday after 1pm. Our least busy weekend times are from 10am to noon.

It is easy to make a day out of your visit to the Museum. Park once and enjoy all that CMA and the surrounding neighborhoods have to offer.

  • See, shop, and eat all in one visit. CMA features a wonderful Museum Store and Schokko Café.
  • Columbus Museum of Art is located in the heart of the Discovery District, within easy walking distance of many downtown attractions including the Topiary Garden, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s main branch, Blockfort Galleries, CCAD, Replenish Spa, and more!
  • The Pizzuti is located across from Goodale Park and is located in the Short North Arts District. From this location you can explore shops, restaurants, galleries, historic homes, and entertainment.

Pro Tip:
Both the Discovery District and the Short North put your safety and comfort first. The Discovery District Special Improvement District and the Short North Alliance provide ambassadors that support a safe, clean, vibrant, and welcoming neighborhoods.

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