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Arts & Museums
This little museum in West Spartanburg is a great place to visit for those who love trains, especially if you have children. Inside visitors will find miniature trains of course, but they can also learn about the history of trains and how they shaped the formation of Greenville as well as Spartanburg. There is a replica caboose on-site and kids can hop aboard various mini-train rides.
Recently relocated inside the Chapman Cultural Center, the Spartanburg Science Center is a great non-profit organization that promotes scientific knowledge to the local community. The science center has a variety of programs offered to children of all ages throughout the year, as well as winter and summer camps. Although the center is a member-driven organization, it is open to the public for a small fee.
Located in the Chapman Cultural Center, the Spartanburg Art Museum is a great artistic outlet for both visitors and locals. With rotating exhibits that show a variety of mediums like sculpture, pop art, watercolors and antique restoration, the museum has something for every art enthusiast. For both children and adults, the museum offers educational programs to hone your artistic talents in drawing, pottery, sculpture, jewelry making, basket-weaving and stained glass. Art camps are also a great way to get children involved and inspired by local artists.
The Chapman Cultural Center is a vital part of the Spartanburg community. The Center provides ample space for arts to flourish; with the David Reid Theatre, Black Box Theatre and the Spartanburg Dance Center, the events range from plays and musicals to modern dance. Additionally housed within the center, visitors will find the Spartanburg Art Museum, the Artists' Guild as well as some student galleries.
The Artists' Guild Gallery is in the Chapman Cultural Center. There are monthly art exhibits, some of which showcase art available for purchase. This gallery features art in a variety of forms, from contemporary and fine art to sculptures and photography.
Operating since the early 1960s, the Regional History Museum is a great place to get lost in the rich history of this growing but quaint South Carolina town. A distinctive range of artifacts are on display at this classy location. Recently relocated to the Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg County Regional History Museum hosts exhibitions regularly. The museum also sponsors and hosts many special events for the community and its members so check the website for up-to-date information.
Hub-Bub The Showroom is exactly that, it's a place that tries to foster and display the talents of young and emerging local artists. Inside, visitors will find an artists gallery and floor space that hosts everything from photography workshops to live music performances. The showroom definitely has something for all age groups as well.
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.'
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.
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.
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.