By Naimah Shaw  | Photo by John Harpring

Museums in the CSRA and nearby Columbia, SC., and Atlanta offer an exploration into art, history and so much more. If it’s arts education you’re interested in—from dance lessons to string instruments—the CSRA has plenty to offer. Here’s our listing of places your family can go for arts education, performance, museums and historic exploration.


Aiken Center for the Arts
112 Laurens St., Aiken.
Offers programs for children and adults, juried shows and competitions, lectures and instruction, concert events, music, dance, film, and other performing arts. Gallery Store with local art and exhibits.

Augusta Ballet School
2941 Walton Way.
Offers all levels of classical ballet study embracing the development of the dancer.

Augusta School of Music
4159 Wheeler Road.
Guitar lessons.

Augusta University Music Conservatory Program
Private lessons in piano, organ, voice, strings, woodwinds and brass. Music courses also offered.

Augusta West Dance Studio
262 Fury’s Ferry Road.
Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, musical theater and various other styles of dance.

Augusta Youth School of Dance
123 Davis Road, Martinez.
Ballet, hip hop, jazz and tap classes for ages 3 to adult.

Burns Dance Studio
831 Neilson Road, Aiken.
Tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, pointe, acro/tumbling, contemporary, karate, Zumba

Carolina Dance Studio
55 Capital Drive, Aiken.
Creative movement, hip hop, combination, tap, ballet/pointe, jazz and lyrical dance styles taught. Ages 2 ½ and up.

Carolina Academy of Music
913 Dougherty Road, Aiken.
Group and individual music lessons in a variety of instruments, including string instruments, for all ages. Kindermusik program for newborns to 5 years.

Center Stage Dance Academy
3956 Belair Road.
Classes in creative movement, tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, hip hop, lyrical and tumbling for ages 2-adult.

Columbia County Ballet
639 Fury’s Ferry Road Martinez.
Classic ballet training.

Creative Impressions
A group of young singers perform across the area.

Crosby-Miller School of Dance
424 Hayne Ave., Aiken.
142 Greenville St. SW, Aiken.
Offers classes in ballet, jazz and tap.

Cutno Dance
3497 Wheeler Road.
Multicultural dance studio with classes in African Diaspora, ballet, hip hop, Kinderdance/creative movement, modern, tap and classes for moms and young children.

Dream Dance Academy
145 Marlboro St., Aiken.
Movement, ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, hip hop, acro/tumbling, lyrical, modern and contemporary dance instruction.

Kane & Co. Dance Productions
4321 Evans to Locks Road, Evans.
701 Devika Drive, Grovetown.
Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop classes.

736 Greene St. (St. John UMC).
Music and movement program for newborns to 7 years.

Jessye Norman School of the Arts
739 Greene St.
Enrichment programs in drama, film and technical theater, visual arts, creative writing, music, modern dance, digital photography and technology, and sewing and costuming.

Portman’s Music
4020 Washington Road, Martinez.
Group and private music lessons in many instruments for children, teens and adults.

Pulse Dance Center
476 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez.
Jazz, acro jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet and cheer dance.

Rock Bottom Music
2825 Washington Road, Augusta.
202 Richland Ave., Aiken.
Offers lessons in guitar, bass guitar, upright double-bass, banjo, mandolin, violin, drums and percussion.

Stephanie’s Dancers
717 Industrial Park Drive, Evans.
Ballet, jazz and tap classes starting at 2 ½ years.

406 Preserve Trail, Martinez.
3662 Wheeler Road, Augusta.
Voice and string lessons for children, teens and adults. Music lessons for all ages.

The Musical Express
1106 Fury’s Lane, Martinez.
Piano lessons for ages 4 to adult.

The Ballroom Dance Center
525 Grand Slam Dr, Evans.
Group and private dance lessons including waltz, rumba, two-stop, hustle, swing, shag. Peformances and weekly dances.



Augusta Choral Society
Volunteer community chorus of 75 performing great choral works with professional instrumental accompaniment.

Augusta Chorale
Visit the website for a schedule of upcoming concerts.

Augusta Community Band
A community band made up of student, amateur and professional musicians who play several concerts a year through out the Augusta area.

Augusta Players/Augusta Junior Players
1301 Greene St.
Theater group for ages 6-19.

Greater Augusta Youth Theatre
600 Broad St., #2.
This theater is operated entirely by local youth actors, directors, designers, artist and musicians and produces two major community productions each year.

Garden City Chorus
An all-male chorus that performs throughout the Augusta-Aiken area.

Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society
706-790-9274 or 706-951-6877.
World-class musicians are invited to participate in the Society’s six concerts each year.

Imperial Theatre
749 Broad St.
One of the area’s premier venues for a variety of performances and films.

Storyland Theatre
Quality theatrical productions, performed by adults, for children and families. Performances at the Grover C.  Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta University.

Symphony Orchestra Augusta
Regional symphony performs a variety of concerts from classical to pops throughout the year.

The Augusta Players
1301 Greene St.
Local theater company that produces big Broadway-style musicals at Augusta’s Imperial Theatre.

1129 Broad St.
A five-day festival in downtown Augusta each fall that features music, dance, film, spoken word and visual arts.


Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry St., Aiken.803-642-2015.
Dedicated to preserving Aiken County’s rich history.

Aiken Railroad Depot
406 Park Ave., Aiken.
A rebuilt replica of the original depot in downtown Aiken featuring interactive displays evoking the history of the railroad

Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum
135 Dupree Pl, Aiken.
Celebrates the great tradition of racing and Aiken’s vital role in it.

Augusta Museum of History
560 Reynolds St.
Dedicated to preserving the history of Augusta.

Augusta Canal Interpretive Center
1450 Greene St.
Learn about the people who built the canal and explore its progress, problems and promise. Guided canal boat tours

Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson
419 7th St.
A house museum depicting the life of President Wilson.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
506 Telfair St.
An art institute and exhibition galleries housed in a beautiful renovated former home in downtown Augusta.

Grovetown Museum
106 West Robinson Ave., Grovetown.
Explore Grovetown’s history and see the collection of military equipment.

Imagination Station, A Neighborhood Children’s Museum
965 Hickman Road, at Hickman Park.
706-726-3506 or 706-834-5543.
A community-run children’s museum featuring interactive educational exhibits as well as programming for both children and parents.

Laurel & Hardy Museum
250 N. Louisville St., Harlem.
Celebrate the legacy of Oliver Hardy, who was born in Harlem 1892. He and his comedy partner Stan Laurel entertained audiences for more than 25 years, starting in the era of silent fees. The museum is filled with memorabilia and visitors can even watch old films by the duo.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
1116 Phillips St.
Dedicated to African American history and art in Augusta.

McDuffie Museum
121 Main St., Thomson, Ga.
Dedicated to preserving the history of McDuffie County.

Morris Museum of Art
1 10th St.
The first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes holdings of nearly 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present.

Signal Corps Museum
Fort Gordon.
Exhibits trace the development of the Signal Corps from its beginning in 1860.

Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main St., Columbia, S.C.
Eclectic and dynamic exhibits and collection, lectures, art classes and tours.

Georgia Museum of Art
90 Carlton St., Athens, Ga.
The official state museum of art.

Greenville County Museum of Art
420 College St., Greenville, S.C.
Home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth.

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta.
Renowned collection of classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture.

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St., Columbia, S.C.
Features four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory.

Artists Row
Broad Street.
Artists Row offers everything from original works by internationally renowned artists, to local fine art, pottery, hand crafted glass work, sculpture, unique regional crafts, photography, jewelry and specialty gifts.

Augusta Market on the River
Saturdays through Nov. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
8th Street Plaza at Riverwalk
Farmer’s Market and vendors set up tables to sell items. Music, childrens activities.


Confederate Powderworks Chimney
1717 Goodrich St.
The chimney used to produce gunpowder for the Confederacy is accessible to the public anytime.

Magnolia Cemetery
Between 2nd and 3rd streets, Augusta.
Gates open until 8 p.m. daily.
Explore the resting place for hundreds of Civil War casualities, including seven Confederate generals.

Saturday Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta
Starts at the Augusta Museum of History, 2 p.m. Driving tour of historic downtown Augusta. Reservations required.

Meadow Garden
1320 Independence Drive.
Tour the home of George Walton, one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Ezekiel Harris House
1822 Broad St.
Tour this 18th Century house, considered to be an outstanding example of early Federal style architecture.

Heggie’s Rock
Old Louisville Rd., Appling.
706-873-6946. (search for Heggie’s Rock)
One of the finest remaining examples of a Piedmont flat rock outcrop. A 130-acre rock outcrop rising about 70 feet supports many rare and unusual plants. The area is closed to the public, but tours are available. See the website for details.

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, S.C.
Tour the restored home of former South Carolina Governor James Henry Hammond.