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“Always a pleasure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Greenville County Museum of Art

Greenville County Museum of Art
420 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601
864 271 7570
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Ranked #21 of 86 things to do in Greenville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Always a pleasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

It's free and has the second largest Andrew Wyeth collections in the world. There is always something else of interest to view.

Visited March 2013
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Hampton, Georgia
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“Hurry before you miss Stephen Scott Young - but there is always the nice Wyeth collection.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I visited the museum mainly to see the Wyeth collection. But the first exhibit you see (through the end of December) is a real sleeper - a large number of fantastic works by Stephen Scott Young. If you are planning a trip soon, go and catch this great exhibit before it ends. You can easily find examples of his work online if you are unfamiliar with him. I am certainly glad to have discovered him at the Greenville museum.

The other great part of my visit was the Wyeth collection. I have been interested in his work for many years but was overwhelmed by my 2 visits to the Atlanta High Museum exhibit a few years back. Since then I visited the Brandywine River Museum, the Farnsworth Museum, and Christina's house. The Greenville museum completed my tour of major Wyeth museums and was very nice. While Wyeth's famous egg tempera paintings are represented well at other museums, Greenville has a nice representation of Wyeth's watercolors. After viewing, a few of these were added to my mental collection of Wyeth's best works

Compared to the other museums, the collection is much smaller and may not be worth a 5 hour round trip from as far as Atlanta. But if you are already in the area and are a Wyeth fan, plan a visit for an hour or two. It will be a pleasant experience.

Visited December 2012
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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“Beautiful art hidden in a vertical maze”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

I'm not sure what the architect was thinking when he designed this ultra-modern cubist museum in the mid-70s. Maybe he was aiming for a tower with umpteen rooms for energetic kids to explore as a quirky treasure house. It certainly wasn't for seniors and others who have limited walking and climbing ability. However, if you are up for the exertion of covering something like 6 or 8 levels, there is some wonderful art for your reward, particularly the paintings of Andrew Wyeth and Stephen Scott Young. Try to get a map to keep track of which galleries you've seen and which lie ahead. Otherwise, ask one of the friendly guards. A nice museum shop can be glimpsed in a sub-sub basement. It is worthwhile the descent to check it out. They had a number of discounted items, and even some free catalogs, the day I visited. Another oddity: the rest rooms have incredibly narrow doors. There may be only 1 or 2 that admit a wheelchair. At least the museum is free; that helps to compensate. The entrance staircase and tall wooden doors are forbidding, and scattered tiny signs in the neighborhood (north end of downtown) make it challenging to find from either a car or on foot. Best to take a detailed street map with you, and check it out every block or two.

Visited November 2012
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columbus nc
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“A pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The museum is in a quiet area of Greenville and very easy to get to.
Parking is very handy on the back side.
Galleries are interesting as is the whole structure.
Well worth stopping by

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Greenville, SC
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“A very nice small museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

It's not the biggest or most comprehensive art museum, but it is always very nicely curated and the space itself is lovely. I have been several times, mostly to see a traveling exhibition, but I always think they do a super job.

Visited February 2012
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