Children’s Museum of the Upstate

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is one of the best downtown family destinations that Greenville, South Carolina has to offer. At 79,000 square feet, the expansive museum has an impressive collection of exhibits and programs geared toward children of all ages. Unlike many children’s museums, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate is truly innovative in their collection of exhibits, each of which provide a unique set of challenges and subject matter to explore in a manner that kids and adults will not find anywhere else.

History and Mission of the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate was built upon the grounds and building of Greenville’s old library and is one of the largest museums geared toward kids in the entire country. The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Upstate is to “ignite a passion for learning” in children by giving them opportunities to realize their own potential, as well as that of their society and planet as a whole.

Children’s Museum Exhibits

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina is home to nineteen inviting and interactive exhibits geared toward children of a variety of ages. For starters, there’s the Reedy River Bend exhibit, presenting the city’s river as an example of how man harnesses the power of water and displaying the economic and cultural significance of the Reedy River itself. The EarthWatch exhibit sounds particularly cool; it’s a high tech exhibit built around a rotating 3′ globe that lets kids interact with high resolution satellite images, weather feeds and other technologies to explore on our planet’s shifting climate. Another neat exhibit is the Kaleidoscope Climber, a unique interactive sculpture by Tom Luckey that invites children to climb, crawl and slide through the installation and learn “advanced kinesthetic skills” in the process.

Children’s Museum Programs

The museum is designed to be an education destination for area schools, with age specific programs designed for field trips, after school visits and day camps. Other programs are in place for parents seeking resources for early childhood education, as well as for under-served and at-risk populations.



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