Spartanburg Art Museum

The Spartanburg Art Museum collects historically significant paintings and works on paper. Works in the permanent collection include watercolor and oil paintings, etchings, lithography, and woodcut prints, mainly from the early to mid-20th century; notable artists include Margaret Law and August Cook. The museum is additionally dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art through its rotating exhibits. Group tours are available of the museum, with an emphasis on exploring artists’ visual thinking and connections between art, culture, and personal experience. The museum also offers art school programs - allowing youth to explore the galleries, learn drawing and painting, and more.
Contact Info 
Address: Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306. Spartanburg County. Tel: 864-582-7616. Website: Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: K-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.