5 Museums Not to Miss in Greenville

By:Page Ivey


Greenville has some great museums, and the city has graciously put several of them together in a location called Heritage Green. Here are the must-see museums in the city.

1. Greenville County Museum of Art: This is hands-down one of the best art museums in the state. Its extensive collection of Andrew Wyeth paintings is always being refreshed and repackaged to highlight a certain aspect of his work. Jasper Johns always has a home here, as well as a collection of Southern art, including “The Content of Our Character: From States Rights to Civil Rights,” which features a dozen pieces of pottery by former slave and poet David Drake.

2. Bob Jones University Art Museum and Gallery: This world-famous collection of religious art includes works as far back as the 14th century. Artists represented include Rubens, Tintoretto and van Dyck. The museum also has a collection of antiquities and Russian icons as wall as seven panels from “The Progress of Revealed Religion” by Benjamin West. The Heritage Green location has more interactive opportunities for children. (Please note the museum is closed for renovations)

3. Upcountry History Museum: This museum is operated by Furman University and explores the culture, history and heritage of the geographic area known as the South Carolina Upcountry nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

4. Children’s Museum of the Upstate: This museum’s exhibits are geared toward children ages 6-11 and include lessons on the environment, nutrition and grocery shopping. Interactive exhibits include a garage band zone, a television studio and the Reedy River Bend. This is a great place to let the kids just touch and learn.

5. Roper Mountain Science Center: Although not technically a museum, this wonderful science and nature center includes a planetarium, amphitheater and walking trails. Outdoor areas include a butterfly garden, water lily pond and vegetable garden. Special programs are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

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