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Arts & Museums
The Roper Mountain Science Center is a place for elementary school-aged children to come and explore while school is in session. It's only open for public school children during the week, and on certain weekends it's open to the general public. The exhibits within are designated towards younger children, but adults can still learn a little something in their visit to the butterfly garden or arboretum.
This small museum houses a number of artifacts and memorabilia from the Confederacy during its war against the North. Some of the exhibits include uniforms, soldiers' letters, weapons and most of the time there is a knowledgeable docent to explain the artifacts. It's located in a residential neighborhood, just off the corners of Pettigru and Broyce.
Shoeless Joe Jackson was one of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball, despite his lack of induction to the Hall of Fame. He has never been allowed into the hall due to his alleged involvement in the infamous 'Blacksox Scandal' during the 1919 World Series. The museum itself is the home that Jackson lived and died in, yet it wasn't always at this location. In 2006, the house was re-located to Field Street, and given the address of 356 to match Jackson's career batting average. Inside, visitors will see baseball memorabilia, household artifacts, photographs, films as well as other records and documents from the great 'Shoeless Joe.'
The LC Art Gallery is right in the middle of Greenville's cultural hub in downtown Greenville. The gallery was started by Greenville resident Lee Cormier and his passion for photography, but he opened up the gallery to other local artists as a place to share and display all their artwork, but also help encourage each other as well.
With an elaborate collection of paintings from 14th to 19th-century European masters, this Christian college is more than just an center of religious education. In fact, the European art collection is one of the largest outside of Europe. The 'Old Masters' exposition includes Italian Gothic and Renaissance styles as well as Flemish, Dutch and French Baroque ones. Cell phone cameras or any other cameras for that matter are not allowed.
The American Legion War Museum is a great place to visit for history buffs, particularly those who are interested in military history. Sponsored by the American Legion, Post 3, the War Museum features an abundance of local artifacts from the American Civil War, the Spanish/American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. The museum is only open on the weekends and admission is free.
The Children's Museum of the Upstate was conceived by a mother who wanted a place for children to go and stimulate their brains through science. It has a wide range of exhibits that have names like 'Construction Zone,' 'Children's Hospital,' '3,2,1 Blast Off,' 'Money Works,' and much more. The center is also used for parties and some of the other programs include STEM classes, Art, and Lego League.
The Greenville County Museum of Art is a gallery that primarily showcases the works of Andrew Wyeth, but visitors will also find artists like Jacob Lawrence, Josef Albers, Andy Warhol and many other renowned raconteurs of contemporary art. The museum also offers lectures, mini-courses, workshops, gallery talks and events are often held during the evening. The GCMA is definitely pays homage to American art; don't forget to check out the works of native South Carolinian, Jasper Johns.
The Carolina Gallery specializes in purveying fine and contemporary art from local as well as international artists. The medium ranges from oil paintings to sculpture and the gallery also can arrange meetings with the artists themselves. Carolina also provides all types of frames and the gallery is known as one of the finest in the application of Giclée printing techniques.
The BMW Zentrum is a visitors center and museum that showcases this famous car at the only manufacturing plant in the United States. It's technically located in the exurb of Greer (between Greenville and Spartanburg), and inside visitors will see many different versions of engineered perfection. The museum chronicles the history, innovation and technology behind the iconic brand as well as leading guests through a factory tour to the manufacturing plant. In addition to exhibits, the Zentrum has convention space, a gift shop and almost everything else you could imagine about the 'ultimate driving machine.'
Founded in 1987, the Greenville Cultural Exchange Center is a living museum of the town of Greenville's multi-cultural history. The center features a non-circulating library which is open to students, scholars and the public at-large. There is a resource center that exhibits the accomplishments of local African-Americans. The facility also serves as a meeting place for local community groups and hosts other receptions, and tours can be arranged to visit landmarks and other significant sights.
This museum aims to promote awareness of the distinct culture and style of Upcountry South Carolina. As opposed to South Carolina's 'low country' down south, the museum highlights Greenville and Spartanburg's history in lieu of celebrating Charleston, Columbia and Myrtle Beach. Nonetheless, the museum still has multiple contemporary art exhibits which rotate on a regular basis.