Providing cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg County. Chapman Cultural Center provides major funding and education for many of Spartanburg’s arts and cultural organizations. But we’re more than a destination. Honoring our vision of providing cultural leadership, we branch out into Spartanburg County to advocate for the arts and culture of our region. Several Partner organizations make up Chapman Cultural Center. We are proud to serve as the central driving force in our community’s dynamic, vibrant cultural life.
Galleries & Museums
Art galleries located in Spartanburg, SC. This gallery guide features art galleries in Spartanburg and the Upstate area and offer a variety of fine art.
TJC Gallery, located in the heart of downtown at 154 W. Main St. (next to Starbucks), is open to the public, and always free of charge. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12pm to 4pm as well as the first Saturday of the month from 12pm to 4pm. In addition, we are pleased to participate in the city’s ArtWalk, held on the third Thursday of each month from 5pm to 8pm. Upcoming events and gallery programming can be found on our homepage under “What’s Happening.”
In service since the fall of 1969 and named as one of the “Outstanding Buildings of the Year” by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the The Sandor Teszler Library at Wofford College was dedicated in 1971 and named for Sandor Teszler, a well-known textile leader. The downstairs gallery houses art collections with a changing schedule of exhibitions through the course of each year.
Thomas Price built this house on 144 acres in Woodruff, SC around 1795. The farm grew to be over 2000 acres. Come see this beautiful, old-timey house in the Upstate.
The Greenville County Museum of Art offers its visitors a way to sample the very best in American art through traveling exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from its own collection. It also offers art classes, evening programs, and information for teachers and school classes.
See the cars, the speed, the innovation – all for free in the only BMW museum in North America. The BMW Zentrum is part meeting and events center, part café, part gallery, and part time machine. Located next to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the US, this museum of motion offers something for everyone.
Currently we have 5 displays running which include O, HO, N, and G scales, a 1400 sq. ft. children’s play area featuring wooden toy trains, coloring tables, a basketball arcade, corn-hole game, etc., and a museum artifact room. We now have our birthday party room available for rental. Please call or visit our website for availability, hours, and prices. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization.
The Science Center offers programs in natural history and science to schools, scout troupes, summer camps, parks and recreations centers, and other interested groups. It also has a portable Star lab planetarium available for programs.
The Regional Museum was established in 1961 with a grant from the Spartanburg County Foundation. In 1999, the Museum moved to the “old Belk” building on Main Street in Spartanburg.
Walnut Grove Plantation is on land granted in 1763 by King George III to Charles Moore when the area was known as the backcountry. The documented collection of antique furnishings and accessories vividly portrays living conditions in Spartanburg County prior to 1805.
The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC is organized and shall operate exclusively as a nonprofit corporation to develop the educational, artistic, cultural and economic growth of the Upstate by providing means for North and South Carolina artists to demonstrate the creative process and to showcase the products of their talents to a wide variety of citizens and by providing a place for citizens to learn about and purchase the work of Carolina artisans.
The Museum & Gallery has shared an internationally respected European Old Master collection with the public for 65 years. Now, due to the need for building repairs and updates at M&G’s main location, the Bob Jones University museum will be closed for an estimated two year renovation. The Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green is now closed permanently. For information about M&G and its planned reopening, please visit www.bjumg.org.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) is 80,000 square feet of fun making it the 7th largest children’s museum in the country and the 10th largest in the world. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, it’s close to all the action and offers ample parking. Visitors experience 18 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. There’s also a traveling exhibit hall, two outdoor interactive exhibit spaces and an outdoor programming space. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car, go shopping in the BiLo Market or even make their own TV Broadcast! Whatever your age, The Children’s Museum is a place of possibility to explore, discover, imagine and pretend. “I Can be Anything!” is their motto and you’ll agree when you walk through the doors of this hands on, interactive museum. TCMU is committed to serving the needs and interests of all children by providing experiences that spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm (Closed Mondays during the school year). Admission: $9 child, $10 adult, under 2 free. 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601.
The 16th South Carolina Volunteers Museum of Confederate History boasts a large and growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the War Between the States. The collection includes firearms, photographs, flags, edged weapons, currency, clothing, letters, newspapers, and other items from military and home life.
Hampton Heights was founded in the 1880’s and ’90’s. The first residents were upper middle-class professionals who built large Victorian homes, including a number in the style that became known as Queen Anne. In the early decades of the twentieth century, these Victorian houses gave way to an explosion of Arts and Crafts bungalows. Hampton Heights is now a wonderfull diverse inner-city neighborhood.
The Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College hosts visiting exhibits, as well as exhibits by the students and faculty of the Converse Department of Art and Design. The Gallery maintains approximately six shows per year.
Built in 1904, the station is currently home to Amtrak and to the Spartanburg Convention and Vistors Bureau. A 1996 fire gutted the interior of the station; much of the credit for its survival goes to then-16 year old Trey Davis, a Spartanburg native who initiated a campaign to save station in the week after the fire.
For additional information on Spartanburg’s historic depot and the successful restoration campaign, visit Reconnecting America.