611 West Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greer, SC 29650
Phone: (864) 848-4995
Fax: (864) 469-7776
Arts & Museums
Dedicated to collecting and preserving historic materials, this museum display a wide variety of artifacts, records, and materials that depict the history and heritage of the Greer area.
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.'
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 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.
One of the most highly recognized and important American collections of religious art by Old Masters is displayed in the 30 galleries of this museum where you can view the works of over 400 major artists. Exhibited works include Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, English, Flemish, and French art that span the eras from the 13th through the 19th centuries.
Visiting Greenville Chautauqua is a chance to let history come back to life. In essence, it is an interactive history theater. Performers in costume as such luminaries of history as, among others, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King Jr., John Muir, Aalbert Einstein, and visitors are encouraged to ask the historic characters questions as to their life, history and so forth. Every June sees the Chautauqua Festival which features more than 20-some characters. All shows are free and meant for every member of the family.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.