Columbia has a thriving music, theater and art scene – from storefront art galleries to major regional venues for touring national acts. They include the diverse art galleries and live music venues of Five Points and the Vista, as well as: the below locations:
Trustus Theatre – a venue for professional presentations of new works.
Workshop Theatre – a community stage for amateur and professional productions.
Town Theatre – one of the nation's oldest continuously operating community theaters.
The Nickelodeon Theatre – non-profit home for independent and foreign films.
The Columbia Museum of Art – a major regional collection of Old Masters and contemporary luminaries.
The Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum – a rich collection encompassing the sweep of American military history.
The Historic Columbia Foundation – historic homes of former slaves, civil rights leaders, wealthy businessmen and the boyhood home of
President Woodrow Wilson.
South Carolina State Museum – presents South Carolina's rich cultural traditions and history.
EdVenture Children's Museum – the South's largest children's museum.
The Fort Jackson Museum on the U.S. Army's largest training post.
The Township Auditorium – venue for national and regional musical and theater acts.
Columbia also is home to two professional ballet companies, modern dance and jazz ensembles and the South Carolina Philharmonic.
The University of South Carolina also has its own offerings, including the historic Longstreet Theatre, the Koger Center for the Performing Arts and the Colonial Center, home to the USC basketball team and a venue for national acts.