Galleries & Museums
Art galleries located in Greenville, SC. This gallery guide features art galleries in Greenville and the Upstate area and offer a variety of fine art.
The 16th South Carolina Volunteers Museum of Confederate History boasts a large and growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the War Between the States. The collection includes firearms, photographs, flags, edged weapons, currency, clothing, letters, newspapers, and other items from military and home life.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) is 80,000 square feet of fun making it the 7th largest children’s museum in the country and the 10th largest in the world. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, it’s close to all the action and offers ample parking. Visitors experience 18 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. There’s also a traveling exhibit hall, two outdoor interactive exhibit spaces and an outdoor programming space. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car, go shopping in the BiLo Market or even make their own TV Broadcast! Whatever your age, The Children’s Museum is a place of possibility to explore, discover, imagine and pretend. “I Can be Anything!” is their motto and you’ll agree when you walk through the doors of this hands on, interactive museum. TCMU is committed to serving the needs and interests of all children by providing experiences that spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm (Closed Mondays during the school year). Admission: $9 child, $10 adult, under 2 free. 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601.
The Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University is recognized as “one of the largest and most interesting collections of European Old Masters Paintings in America.” The collection features works by major artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo, aesthetically exhibited with period furniture, sculpture, tapestries, and porcelains.
Owned and operated by the School District of Greenville County, the Science Center’s primary purpose is to provide high quality enhancement to the school district’s classroom curriculum. Through its numerous hands-on and attention-grabbing science programs available to school-age children, the Science Center has earned a reputation throughout the state of providing students with dynamic, entertaining and thought-provoking science programs that, no doubt, are leading many of today’s students into future careers in science.
The Roper Mountain Science Center is located off I-385 at Exit 37 (Roper Mountain Road); cross over the Interstate bridge and the entrance is the second road on the right.
The Greenville County Museum of Art offers its visitors a way to sample the very best in American art through traveling exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from its own collection. It also offers art classes, evening programs, and information for teachers and school classes.
The Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) is the only organization in Greenville, South Carolina working daily to support every discipline of the arts. MAC provides support to area arts organizations and many individual artists through its grants program, through its cultural planning process, by advocating on behalf of all artists and arts groups, and by providing cooperative marketing opportunities promoting arts groups that might not have resources available to them. The organization also maintains a calendar of art events in the Greenville area.
The Governor’s School presents classes on creative writing, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts, and hosts many performances and concerts throughout the year.