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The Children's Museum of the Upstate

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Address: 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Phone Number: +1 864-233-7755
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Description: 80,000 Square feet of fun! The Children's Museum of the Upstate is 7th...
80,000 Square feet of fun! The Children's Museum of the Upstate is 7th largest children's museum in the country and only children's museum that is a Smithsonian Affiliate. 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. The museum features 20 exhibit galleries that include a traveling exhibit hall, two outdoor interactive exhibit spaces and an outdoor programming space. Visitors experience more than 100 individual exhibit components with a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car or go exploring in the Climber that reaches up to the skylight. Whatever your age, The Children's Museum is a place of possibility where children and adults alike can explore, discover, imagine, pretend and Be Anything! The Children's museum 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. Open Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
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Make sure you carve out a lot of time for this! It's huge and the kids love it. We can spend half a day here and it never gets old!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Geared more toward toddlers than older kids, finished in about 90 minutes. Have been to other children's museums which were better.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Make sure you carve out a lot of time for this! It's huge and the kids love it. We can spend half a day here and it never gets old!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

One of the best! And we've been to 6 in the SE from Birmingham to CLT -lots of physical and problem solving for kids. The 2 1/2 story climb area is one of the best I've seen. -Lots of sensory stuff from a wind tunnel to tubes to water. -Lots and lots of stuff you can't do at other museums.... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What a special place...The Children's Museum! Our family could spend hours and multiple days visiting...Always something for every child.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My Grandson and I visited on the spur of the moment. I WISH we had PLANNED this trip so we could have spent more time. I was impressed that there is an identifying system so that children can leave ONLY with an adult with a matching wristband ID. The exhibits were up to date, interesting, and delighted a little guy... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I took my grandboys here recently and what an experience ! There were so many hands on exhibits that they didn't know what to do next. Riding in race cars, using a crane, and so many more. It prompts the imagination of our youth. Fun for all ages. A must for children.

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Fairview, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I have taken my grandchildren several times over the years. Always fun, Always something new. 3 stories of activities and fun things to explore. Lunch in the cafe is pretty good too.

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Greenville, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a great children's museum, BUT it has gone down hill a bit since it first opened. Many items are noticeably worn, the cool build your own race cars are gone and replaced by cheap plastic 1 piece ones. The motorized vehicles are gone from the construction area as well. Not much new has been added. I was surprised... More 

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Easley, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My four grandchildren were in town for a visit and this is the place I wanted them to go. It is GREAT for the kids...so much to do. Mine loved downstairs the best (2 love water, 2 love music). I had to drag them out of them kicking and screaming (not literally, but you know what I mean). This is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Large are for little ones to explore. Above seven felt it too bsbish. Not expensive and well worth the time for younger than eight.

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