110 Hawkins Rd
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Phone: (864) 834-7040
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Arts & Museums
Throughout the year this gallery displays the finest artwork of local and regional artists, as well as the works of university faculty and students.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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, Lego League, etc.
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.
A large collection of military and personal Confederate relics and artifacts are housed at this museum with items on display including newspapers, firearms, photographs, flags, and clothing. A research library is also on site.
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.
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 seventh largest telescope in the nation, as well as the largest planetarium in South Carolina, are located at this science center that is situated on 62 beautiful acres and also includes a reconstructed pioneer farm, classrooms and life science labs, a simulated rainforest, and an amphitheater.