Enjoying the Vibrance of Art in Greenville, SC

Saturday Market at GreenvilleAs one of the larger cities in South Carolina, Greenville has a vibrant downtown with a distinct cultural flavor. With its eclectic mix of museums, including the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green, and the Museum and Library of Confederate history, downtown Greenville offers all visitors a number of things to do to enjoy the riches of both art and history.

Greenville County Museum of Art

The Greenville County Museum of Art offers visitors a change to glimpse a variety of American art that represents a Southern perspective, with pieces ranging from the colonial period to the present. Artists represented in the permanent collections include Thomas Sully, Washington Allston, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns. Artistic movements include landscape, still life, Impressionism, and many more. They also host a number of exhibitions, which currently include “Ben Long: Paintings and Drawings” and “Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville Collection.”

The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. (they are open until 8 P.M. on Thursday evenings) and from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. Admission is free, making this an ideal thing to do for those traveling on a budget. Those wishing to contact the museum may do so at the following information:

420 College Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864.271.7570

Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green

Although a somewhat smaller museum than the Greenville, the Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green nevertheless offers a selection of the more than 400 Old Master paintings and a variety of other items that are available at the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery. The M & G also features a variety of other items that make it an ideal thing to do for those wishing to immerse themselves in the art world. These include Middle Eastern antiquities, Russian coins, decorative art, and period furniture.

The Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Admission is $5 for adults, with lower rates for seniors and students (children under 12 are free.) Those who wish to contact them may do so at the information below:

25 Heritage Green Place
Greenville, SC 29601
864.770.1331

Museum and Library of Confederate History

With its wide variety of artifacts and displays depicting the history of the American Civil War, the Museum and Library of Confederate History paints a poignant picture of one of the bloodiest periods in American history. Items on display include some arms, artifacts, and documents from the War period, which are housed in a number of rooms including the Main Gallery, the Heritage Room (where several uniforms and medical implements are on display,) and many more. The Library houses some volumes of great use to the researcher or Civil War enthusiast.

The museum’s hours vary by day, so it is best to call ahead when planning a visit. There is no admission fee, making this an ideal place to visit for the budget-conscious traveler. Those wishing to contact the Museum and Library of Confederate History may do so with the following information:

15 Boyce Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601
864.421.9039