Downtown Greenville is buzzing with artistic activity. The museums that house works by major artists, the venues featuring nationally-acclaimed performing arts, and the small galleries and indie art movement provide more than enough reasons to explore artistic offerings while living in Greenville, SC.
Heritage Green is located in the heart of Downtown Greenville and has served the community for more than 40 years. This urban arts and cultural campus is home to the Greenville County Library System, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville Little Theatre, Bob Jones Museum & Gallery, Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and Upcountry History Museum. Regardless of your age, Heritage Green is a go-to when it comes to taking advantage of local arts, entertainment, and education.
One of the county’s most noted American art museums, the Greenville County Museum of Art, features an expansive collection of works created by two of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns. The recently expanded Wyeth exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive collection of Wyeth watercolors owned by any other public museum in the world. The museum’s Southern Collection features works spanning the Colonial era to the present, created by renowned artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and Thomas Sully.
Theatre & Performing Arts
Located in Downtown Greenville, the Peace Center is one of the area’s best places to see a top notch performance. The cultural center has a 2,100-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theatre, and an amphitheater. The Peace Center is also home to six resident companies: Carolina Ballet Theatre, International Ballet, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Chorale, Greenville County Youth Orchestras, and South Carolina Children’s Theatre. All of the Peace Center’s venues have incredible acoustics, only adding to the high quality performances presented there, from national Broadway touring productions, to comedians, to concerts.
For more than 30 years, Centre Stage has been one of Greenville’s premier artistic centers, producing up to seven productions each season that feature local and regional talent and span a variety of genres, with an emphasis on new works and contemporary productions. Past productions include Hairspray, Spamalot, The Producers, and Next to Normal. The professional theater company is committed to fostering artistic appreciation an – in addition to its regular seasons of music, comedy, and theater – it also hosts art exhibitions, indie film screenings, guest lectures, and other events.
Every Wednesday through Sunday, Blues Boulevard features live jazz and blues performances, both local and national. The venue got its start in nearby Spartanburg, but after five successful years it relocated to Greenville where it continues to thrive. Enjoy one of Blues Boulevard’s specialty cocktails and nosh on tapas as you enjoy some of the best live entertainment Greenville has to offer.
You may have heard of the wildly popular dueling pianos concept, and if you’ve yet to check it out, head to Jack n’ Diane’s. The dueling piano bar is a unique type of entertainment, with two pianos, each played by an immensely talented entertainer. It’s an interactive show where performers use comedy to interact and entertain and the audience dictates where the show will go. Jack n’ Diane’s is open Wednesday through Saturday and also has food and beverage menus.