Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery

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Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery

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Linda D
5 contributions
Jan 2020
The museum building remains closed while preparations are made to move to town. However, tours for groups of 10 or more, and special events provide available viewing of selective and remarkable works on display in varied locations. Reservations are necessary, but easily arranged. I look forward to once again viewing their unique collection of sacred art when their own building opens in downtown Greenville which is growing, thriving, and among the best places to live and visit in the USA.
Written January 31, 2020
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Nav3man
Roanoke, VA28 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
Anybody that loves art and especially sacred Christian art needs to see this museum and gallery. There is so much to see from sculptures to paintings furniture and more. I saw this museum about 30 plus years ago and did not really see what was there nor appreciated it. Then this spring I went on an extended trip to Europe. I visited Catholic Cathedrals in Budapest, Munich, Paris and London as well as a small Catholic church in Dublin, Ireland. The art and sculptures in those places is amazing. Magnificent buildings and craftsmanship at every turn. Then I went again to the BJU Museum & Gallery just a day ago and WOW! I think they have over 27 gallery rooms with artwork from the 14th through 19th centuries and it was incredible. So beautifully displayed and well worth the price of admission. If you are ever in Greenville, SC go see this museum. No food, drink or photography is allowed inside this museum, but there is a food court close by with several meal options.
Written October 16, 2015
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Gerry P
Greenville, SC69 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
This small gallery comprises representative examples of some of the finest religious art in the area (and, lest the word "religious" seem too limiting, consider that it has been a subject of most artists until the 20th Century. Unlike most such collections, which have minor works by major artists, this one focuses on major works by lesser-known names (although, truth be told, its small Rembrandt was thought good enough by the Louvre to be borrowed for a special show, and its Tiffany mosaic is one of the best around). I have brought friends familiar with the Hermitage, the Rijksmuseum and the Prado, and all left visibly impressed. Don't miss the works by Cranach, Tiepolo, Dolci, and Dore, as well a fine piece from the Botticelli studios. If possible, plan several shorter (1 to 2 hour) visits rather than one long one. It can be overwhelming, if one really cares about art.
Written April 16, 2014
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PGinNC
Arden, NC407 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
I left a review on this place that, after reading it, felt it was too "soft." Then I replaced it with a review in which I went a little to "hard." So this one is it. No doubt there are old paintings here, some important, most not very. Many of the furnishings, ecclesiastical and otherwise, appear to either not be authentic or terribly treated by Bob Jones U (you don't use tacks to put labels on authentic antiquities). While nicely displayed, this is actually a rather unexciting collection. But the real discomfort I experienced had nothing to do with the so-called "museum." My upset was with the robotic demeanor of the students we encountered. They made me both sad and uncomfortable. They seemed to have been brainwashed into intentionally making visitors uncomfortable by smugly challenging our Christianity because it did not conform to what they had been conditioned to believe. Being in this environment felt like what I imagine visiting a concentration camp might feel like. It was refreshing to exit the iron fence encircled enclosure. I left this eerie experience with the strong impression that what goes on there is a dictatorial distortion of true Christianity, and left feeling particularly distressed about the women students we encountered who seemed controlled and restricted in dress, thought and conversation. I share these impressions after 50+ years in the ministry, and spending several years as a Campus Pastor and lecturer on several university campuses. Our visit to Bob Jones was interesting, if disconcerting, but we won't return, and I would suggest others better spend time visiting good art collections and more enlightened educational institutions.
Written August 26, 2016
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QueenMabb
Anderson, SC33 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
The people at this place are hypocrites & will make you feel like you are going to hell if you are "not of their belief" Even if you are a Christian, you have to be their kind of Christian. They teach intolerance and "their way or to hell's highway." Don't understand how they can have "catholic-like" paintings & yet bad mouth other religions.
Written July 6, 2013
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grantg2
Charlotte, NC100 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
small collection by some standards, but so many quality pieces to enjoy... I like the beauty and diversity of this collection.
I dislike that the museum and gallery is ONLY OPEN for 3 hours each afternoon Tuesday-Sunday. There is too much to see in 3 hours on one afternoon.
MOREOVER, I think that the M&G needs to have a study guide/workbook available structured to give people a tool to study the collection systematically and self-paced! With such a workbook each trip there could build upon the last trip there, and much more knowledge would be recorded and retained by visitors serious about studying the art housed there!
I observed students at the M&G doing work on assignments for classes... seems logical for the M&G to create a collection study aid for the general public that can bring added revenue to help support and sustain the M&G while providing an enjoyable ongoing educational experience? This would encourage patrons to return multiple times which also would generate revenue. Perhaps there could be an annual visitor pass similar to the way Biltmore encourages return guest trips.
Written March 28, 2014
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Harry S
Greenville82 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
We visited as part of the New Comers of Greenville Group which had paid for a set appt. time. we arrived for our appt on cold 29*,
rain swept day to find the doors locked. Upon knocking, a person from inside came to the door and said " you are "5 minutes early & must remain outside until your appointed time"
Now I now of no museum inthe world who keeps partons out in sub-freezing storms because they are five(5) minutes early for the tour.
We we were let in, & got to see the gallery, it was a wonderful place. But the public relations department needs to work on BJU
relationship with the public
Written March 9, 2013
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We were really glad that your group was able to tour the galleries and appreciate that you came. We apologize that it appeared that we were unfriendly and unwilling to let you in the building early. There was another private tour going on before your tour and due to some staff constraints, we needed a few minutes to transition from that group to your group. Please accept our apologies for the confusion. We hope that you enjoyed your time and would love to have you come again!
Written March 14, 2013
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H9675VQdaniell
Mount Pleasant, SC52 contributions
Oct 2017
The Bob Jones Gallery is somewhat of an oddity....it is part of a deeply conservative Christian school but this museum may as well be ay the Vatican. The collection spans almost the totality of Medieval and Renaissance religious art which is undoubtedly Catholic in origin. The galleries are exceptionally well laid out, the presentations fabulous. The only draw back is that many of the student docents, while friendly, pleasant young folks are not necessarily up to speed on the history or sometimes the actual subject matter of the works. Never mind that! The museum is a fabulous experience and is one of Greenville's greatest attraction. Warning, it is really a place for adults. While not unwelcome, it would be the rare child who supports an interest in this type of art work.
Written September 30, 2018
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Scott S.
Tennessee83 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
We heard the religious art museum at Bob Jones University is the largest collection of religous art outside the Vatican, and that's probably true. Having toured the Vatican collections, the art at Bob Jones is actually easier to see than in the Vatican. You don't want to miss this. From magnificent stained glass to medieval religious artifacts, this museum is fascinating and then some. Well worth the small donation to view. This museum was referred to us by word of mouth, we didn't see any promotional materials for it at the hotel or billboards, etc. It's an awesome experience highly recommended!
Written June 27, 2018
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travelerLittleTownSc
Greer, SC186 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
A stepford experience with holier than thou staff. Art work is ok, save for Trip to Rome to get the full, non preaching experience.
Written May 18, 2015
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