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Political differences aside, Greenville, South Carolina, is proud of its citizens who fought during the Civil War. Over 250,000 Confederate soldiers died fighting for a cause they believed in and, just like today, whether one agrees with the motivation behind a war, it is important to honor those who gave the supreme sacrifice. The 16th South Carolina Volunteers Museum of Confederate History strives to do that with collections, memoribilia and artifacts including firearms, weapons, and currency. Records are also available for purposes of genealogicia research. The museum is located on Boyce Avenue in the Historic District, and admission is free.
The Upcountry History Museum is a museum being readied on Buncombe Street and slated to open in the Summer of 2007. The museum will utilize the latest technology to provide an interesting and interactive experience for visitors. In 1961, self-described "history-minded Greenvillians" formed the Greenville Historical Records Society. This turned into the Greenville Historical Society, located on Washington Street. They offer programs and exhibits on Greenvillian history.
The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery has been recognized as having "the finest collection of religious art in the western hemisphere." That's nothing to shake a paintbrush at. Located on Wade Hampton Boulevard, the museum houses works by Van Dyke, Rubens, Tintoretto, Ribera, and others, all in a setting decorated in period style to take you back in time.
Not interested in history? Then visit the Greenville County Museum of Art on College Street. A collection of Southern Art includes historical portraiture and landscapes, as well as Impressionism and modern Pop Art. A collection of 32 Andrew Wyath paintings covers every period of the painter's career, and the museum's Contemporary Collection has works by Andy Warhol, Leon Golub, and several others.