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Spartanburg County Regional Museum of History
The Spartanburg County Regional Museum of History is an educational learning experience for all ages. Located in the Chapman Cultural Center, the museum is relatively small but packed with fascinating historical facts and artifacts. The main exhibit takes you on a journey throughout Spartanburg’s history, from the time of the first Spanish explorers to the Revolutionary War, through both World Wars and beyond. A rotating exhibit focuses on a variety of topics related to regional history, which changes every three months, so there is always something new and exciting to learn about at the museum. Admission to the museum is free, and guided tours are available upon request. If you have an interest in local history, the Spartanburg County Regional Museum of History should be on your list of museums to visit.
The BMW Museum in Spartanburg is a must-see for anyone interested in cars or manufacturing. Located adjacent to the BMW plant, the Zentrum is part gallery, part events center, and even features a café and a gift shop. Museum admission is free of charge, and it is a great way to spend the day with friends or family.
The tour of the assembly line gives an inside look into the manufacturing process of BMW. The tour takes visitors through the assembly line, from building the frame of the vehicles to adding finishing touches such as auto glass, Spartanburg SC is proud to be home to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the country. Unfortunately, tours of the facility have been suspended for the remainder of 2017, but are scheduled to resume next spring. The performance driving school is a fun and exciting experience, but spots must be reserved in advance, as it is very popular and fills up fast.
Spartanburg Art Museum
Spartanburg Art Museum, located in the Chapman Cultural Center, is a regional museum focusing exclusively on contemporary art. The exhibits change every few months, so it is worthwhile to visit often and see what’s new. The exhibits are always unique and creative, whether it’s painting, sculptures or photography. The museum also offers a variety of classes and workshops for all ages and experience levels. Admission to the museum is complimentary, but guided group tours are available by appointment for a small charge.
Hub City Railroad Museum
The Hub City Railroad Museum is packed full of local railroad history. Conveniently located near the Spartanburg Amtrak station, the small museum has lots of informative information, helpful guides, and even a real caboose you can explore. The museum is popular with railroad history buffs, and kids of all ages love it. It also features an observation deck where you can watch the trains go by. The Hub City Railroad Museum is a great way to spend an hour or so of your day, and is a worthwhile experience for the whole family.
West Main Artists Co-OpThe West Main Artists Co-Op is a gallery/studio space for local artists in what was once a church. It is located on West Main Street in Spartanburg, and is a favorite destination for those interested in local art. The Artist Co-Op is a spacious gallery with local artists specializing in just about ever medium—painting, sculpture, quilting, pottery, glass-work, film and more. The Co-Op is also a great place to find unique, handmade gifts while supporting Spartanburg’s artist community. More than fifty artists have their work displayed at any given time, and there are also studios where you can watch the artists at work on new pieces. The West Main Artists Co-Op is a great place to visit for anyone interested in the arts.