Did you know you can visit the Greenville County Museum of Art completely for free? This Greenville gem features permanent art exhibits as well as traveling exhibitions. Plus, they offer excellent free programming including family art workshops, Sunday afternoon tours, activities or concerts, and so much more!
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“I want to paint!” my 4-year old exclaimed.
After getting his watercolors and a little bowl of water out, I enjoyed watching his chubby, little hand grasp the thin, paintbrush and clumsily brush across the page. He worked studiously to create a rainbow. He couldn’t quite remember what color came next and wanted to include brown and black, since they were in his watercolor set, but we worked together. As he painted each new row on the page, he grew more and more excited to actually see on the page what he saw in his mind.
Many children love using watercolors, but they may not realize that watercolor is a medium you will find in an art museum. Did you know that the Greenville County Museum of Art is home to the largest, public collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth? Keep reading to see why you should plan a visit to the GCMA soon!
About the Greenville County Musem of Art
The Greenville County Musuem of Art is at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville and contains five galleries. Its permanent collection, Southern Collection, is a diverse collection of American art ranging from the 1700’s through the contemporary period and includes Jasper Johns, a contemporary artist from the state of Georgia. The museum also regularly hosts temporary exhibits.
Admission to the Greenville County Museum of Art is free! You can pay to park in the Heritage Green parking garage, or you can park for free on Marshall Avenue right behind the museum. The museum is currently closed for renovations.
Things to do at the GCMA
The museum’s events include “Sundays at 2”, “Third Thursday Tours”, and workshops. “Sundays at 2” can be special tours, workshops, artist talks or even musical concerts. Space is limited for these concerts, so come early. “Third Thursday Tours” typically begin at 11 am and last about an hour as you enjoy one or two of the current exhibitions with the help of a docent.
Keep your eye out for the family workshops throughout the year suitable for children 5 and up. This is a great way to learn and have fun together. There are even adult workshops throughout the year. All these events are free!
Groups of 10 or more are welcome at the museum with advanced notice, and a docent will be happy to give you a free tour. Please email or call 864.271.7570 x1017.
The Greenville County Museum of Art hosts three-day camps every summer designed for children ages 5 and up and taught by professional artists. Choose a theme that interests your child like pottery, origami, or painting. These exciting camps cost $85 plus the cost of materials.
Things to Know Before You Go!
Before going to the museum, prepare your children for proper museum behavior. Stay at least 3 feet away from the art, do not take flash photography, and do not bring any food or drinks. You should talk very quietly while inside so others can enjoy the artwork. Expect that you’ll see employees of the museum keeping an eye on the art work and encouraging guests to be careful and courteous.
Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm
Make your children’s worlds bigger at the Greenville County Museum of Art!