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The Childrens Museum of the Upstate Greenville

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The Childrens Museum of the Upstate
300 College Street
Greenville
SC
29601
Tel: 864 233 7755

Where are we going today?

Some museums are all about art, and some are all about history, but some museums know what kids really love - FUN - and they are dedicated to just that, as well as learning through play.

The Children's Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina was created just for kids to have a great time, and to learn invaluable skills and lessons to help them develop.

With 80,000 square feet, and 18 interactive exhibits, there is certainly a lot of fun waiting for those inquisitive minds!

The Children's Museum of the Upstate has 3 floors filled with exhibits all relating to humanities, the arts, health, sciences, the environment and nutrition, each of which teach chllldren something unique.

The exhibits are fully interactive, and they are geared towards different age groups, so you will always be able to find something age appropriate for your family!

Kids can become actors and news reporters in their very own TV studio, or learn the science of speed and aerodynamics in the Start Your Engines feature. Creative minds will love Off The Wall - a unique exploration space where they can ignite passion for the arts, and those great with their hands and minds can become construction workers.

There are financial exhibits, climbing structures, and ways for kids to learn all about how to have a healthy body and mind.

There is SO much to do! Farms, light fun, hospital role play, recycling....kids will have a great time exploring everything! If you have little ones in the family too, the Toddler Lily Pond is a naturally-themed exhibits where they can splish and splash until their heart's content!

In the words of the Children's Museum of the Upstate - "I Can Be Anything" - and at this fun museum, you can!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$9 (Ages 1 to 15)
  • Free Under: 12 months
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Tues - Sat / 11am - 5pm Sun

All year round

Teachers corner

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is a place of possibility, nurturing the future leaders, dreamers, scientists, artists, teachers and helpers from around the region. Programs, camps and school visits emphasize the diverse abilities of children, focusing on the individual learner, and encouraging children to become independent, self-directed learners..

I'm Hungry!

Tickle your taste buds with a delicious meal, snack or sweet treat from the Cafe at The Children’s Museum..

Healthy Eating!

They have healthy options for those energetic kiddies in the cafe. No outside food and drink allowed in the museum.

Any Top Tips?

It's best to bring a spare pair of clothes, because some of the exhibits can get a little messy, like the finger painting, clay studio and kids cooking! Also those visiting the Toddler Lily Pad..

Need a little extra help?

The museum and all it's exhibits are indeed handicap accessible, including the F1 racecars!.

Can I get one of those?

Take your Museum experience home with an item from The More to Explore Store. From apparel to educational toys to books to logo gear, everyone is sure to find something. You can even go shopping without paying admission!.

More information

Your admission gets you all-day exploration, so you can get a wristband and leave and return at your leisure!.

What people are saying?

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    Awesome fun learning experience to take your children too. We so enjoyed it last year and plan to go back soon! :).. Sheri

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    It's an awesome place! It's kept in good shape you can tell the staff love their job. They have awesome birthday parties there's themes activities and when I went as a guest you don't pay for admissions and you have a FREE ALL DAY PASS! They have an awesome exhibit that changed periodically. They are the cheapest children's museum I have been to! I love this place I feel like I'm there every weekend! They even have a place for moms to breast feed. They also let you leave and come back in as long as you have your wristband on. It's a must see!

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    As a grandma of smaller children (ages 4-8), I'm always looking for ways to engage them that aren't too tiring for me (!) but still have value - and this is just the place! It's very clean and bright, and the staff are wonderfully nice and patient. There was plenty to keep them interested and busy, despite the age/developmental differences. Nice combination of play and learning, and they all enjoyed themselves so much and want to go back - no one complained about being bored. You can go in and out, so bring a picnic lunch if you want, or there are...Read More

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    A beautiful facility. It's bright and fun and my kids love it at ages five and seven. As a parent, I think the displays are engaging and plenty entertaining for me as well.

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    As a Museum and place to go, it is awesome and I would highly recommend it in every way (including service). As a place to have a child's birthday party, I would HIGHLY recommend looking elsewhere. The details of this review are going to be for Birthday Parties only, nothing negative in this review should be applied to attending the museum normally as I've always had a great experience.

    We just attended our good friend's daughter's 2 year old birthday party at TCM and it was not what I expected at all. First off, the standard party lasts 90 minutes....Read More

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by Casual Moments Photography

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As a grandma of smaller children (ages 4-8), I'm always looking for ways to engage them that aren't too tiring for me (!) but still have value - and this is just the place! It's very clean and bright, and the staff are wonderfully nice and patient. There was plenty to keep them interested and busy, despite the age/developmental differences. Nice combination of play and learning, and they all enjoyed themselves so much and want to go back - no one complained about being bored. You can go in and out, so bring a picnic lunch if you want, or there are plenty of restaurants nearby. The family membership would definitely be the way to go as far as value, if you plan on returning often - which I will!

by John Anastos

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As a Museum and place to go, it is awesome and I would highly recommend it in every way (including service). As a place to have a child's birthday party, I would HIGHLY recommend looking elsewhere. The details of this review are going to be for Birthday Parties only, nothing negative in this review should be applied to attending the museum normally as I've always had a great experience.

We just attended our good friend's daughter's 2 year old birthday party at TCM and it was not what I expected at all. First off, the standard party lasts 90 minutes. The kids get 70 minutes in the museum and then 20 minutes in the party room. It was quickly obvious that 70 minutes is not even close to enough to enjoy the museum. The entire time we felt rushed trying to get through the exhibits before needing to get back to the party room. We never even got a chance to make it to the lower floor which I tend to like the best. Once back in the party room, it couldn't have been more rushed. All the kids washed their hands which probably took 5 minutes. That now meant we had 15 minutes left. Next the kids sat down and pizza was handed out. As the kids were just starting to enjoy the pizza the cake was brought out for the birthday girl and cupcakes started getting handed out. Then as soon as they started eating the cupcakes the TCM Party hosts came around and started cutting off all of our bracelets to ensure we didn't go back out into the museum. Then they started encouraging us to leave and escorted us out a side door. I have never felt so rushed. When we got outside one of our other friends from the party was waiting for us and also said she felt like she was kicked out.

All in all it was just a really poor experience. The parents of the birthday girl definitely felt robbed and I don't blame them.

The one other negative quality about the party that I'll point out (but this is just something I had not considered about probably most museums or similar places), having a party there is one of the least social venues possible. Within minutes all the kids/parents were spread out between 3 floors and only rarely would we bump into one of the other parents or kids to talk to. It didn't feel like a birthday party at all since we were not hanging out with all their friends.

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