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The Children's Museum of the Upstate

Address: 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Phone Number: +1 864-233-7755
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Ranked #11 of 30 Attractions in Greenville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: 80,000 Square feet of fun! The Children's Museum of the Upstate is 7th largest children's museum in...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: 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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Greenville, South Carolina, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

There are some really interesting and kid-engaging interactive displays. Something for everyone from race cars to construction to climbing tower to farm. Pricey, but worth it.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Everything here is kid-friendly and interaction is encouraged. My husband's favorite room is the water-exploration area, and the kids love the giant climbing structure in the middle. Each area is full of educational fun, and the kids don't even realize they're learning. It's a blast every time.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Simply loved this place, they have so many things for kids and even grownups to do as a family and enjoy so so much!!

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Seneca, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

No way you and your kids or grands can do it all in just one visit. Very stimulating learning and doing experience for toddlers up through middle-schoolers. Doesn't get any better.

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TCMU, Director of Sales at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the excellent review! Your comments give us the platform to showcase the museum for what it is, a major attraction in the Upstate (and Southeast). Did you know that we are the 7th largest children's museum in the USA and 10th largest in the world? Not bad for Greenville, SC! We suggest that visitors plan... More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is one of the best adventures we have shared with the grandchildren! Fun and educational at the same time, with exhibits centered health, nutrition, cooking, money use, physics, water and the environment, recycling, to name a few. We spent about three hours there, leaving only because it was closing time. The facility itself is modern, clean, well-maintained. There were... More 

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West Union, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Nice place to take the grandchildren while they were visiting. Just wish they had more seating so you could sit and watch the kids on the jungle gym type structure.

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TCMU, Guest Relations Manager at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, responded to this review

Thank you for the 4 star review! We appreciate your patronage and the positive review. Because of comments from other Grandparents about seating, we enlisted local artists to create custom benches that represent each exhibit and placed them strategically throughout the museum. Unfortunately, we are unable to place them around the climbing structure due to the soft landing provided by... More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Have been several times with my son between the ages of 3 - 6.. Many things don't work - disappointed. I will try the "Grossology" - not sure of name. If that doesn't work, probably won't go again. He likes the climbing apparatus but price too high for just that. IMO, price too high for toddlers.

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TCMU, Director of Sales at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and supporting the museum. We are saddened to see your rating go from 4 stars in 2011 to 2 stars in 2014. Your concerns are very important to us and we appreciate the information so we can stay on top of these issues and earn back our stars! Immediate feedback while you are here is most... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My kids love it, sweet staff! Very helpful, cafe is full of healthy choices food. I love this place. Good for a full day visit. My kids can spend whole day here! Love it. No fuss, clean toilets. Excellent for young kids below ten. Older can go to. I and my husband are fascinated by the displays. We didn't have... More 

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TCMU, Director of Sales at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 star review, it will mean a lot to our staff. Especially since they were mentioned! Everyone takes pride in the museum and is so happy to see families like yours enjoying every aspect of it. Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming exhibits, camps, programs, special events and promotions. We usually run a membership... More 

Anderson, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Over three stories a couple blocks off of Main Street in Greenville and nestled next to the Art Center and Theatre, the Children's Museum is a simple and excellent museum for young children. The main ground floor currently houses an area dedicated to racing, flight, and space. Another is a small market where children can learn about shopping. The last,... More 

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TCMU, Director of Sales at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, responded to this review

Wow! What a great description of the museum! At 80,000 square feet, it's the 7th largest children's museum in the USA. So, you made good time going through it in an hour and a half! We're so glad your family enjoyed it and appreciate the candid review. We've only been open for 5 years and are still building awareness for... More 

Simpsonville, South Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Lots to do...very interactive...especially good for 6 and under...very well organized...enough to spend all day...cafe available with moderate prices. Exhibits from grocery store to robotics to climbing net.

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TCMU, Director of Sales at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the 5 star review! We strive to make your experience a fun and memorable one and rating makes our day! Please consider an annual membership that offers unlimited visits, advance registration and discounts to camps and special events plus invitations to exclusive exhibit preview parties. More 

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