For most people, retirement frees up a lot of time that was previous spent in the office, in meetings or caring for others. This means that you are now able to explore the things that you are interested in and pursue any hobbies that you didn’t have time for in the past.
One of the most common things we have noticed is many people start to re-engage with the arts and culture scene. Here in Greenville, SC, we have a vibrant arts scene with many great museums to visit. Here are our top picks to visit when you’re in the area!
Greenville County Museum of Art
This is undeniably one of the best art museums in the state. It has the largest public collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth along with artwork by Jasper Johns, federal portraits, and even contemporary abstractions. More notably, in the upstate region, this is the only museum that has been fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. This impressive collection of art has truly cemented the Greenville County Museum as the premier American art museum in the South!
Sigal Music Museum
The Sigal Music Museum features a world class collection of different instruments, each coming their own amazing backstory and sound. It houses the Carolina Clavier collection and has many different American, European and English harpsichords and English. These instruments can be dated back to 1570 to 1845 and continue to serve as symbols of rich musical history and traditions. There is a stage that sometimes also hosts beautiful concerts and performances throughout the year.
Upcountry History Museum
Operated by Furman University, the Upcountry History Museum houses displays featuring the regional history of the fifteen different upstate South Carolina counties. The different exhibits are arranged sequentially to give a clear timeline of developments all the way from the 18th century. Not only will you learn about the Civil War and American Revolution, but you will also get a glimpse into the lives of the natives, early settlers and even during the industrial era. By featuring stories alongside exhibits, you can get a glimpse into the history of South Carolina Upstate and how the state has grown to modern day.
Children’s Museum of The Upstate
One of the greatest joys of retiring is being able to spend more time with your grandchildren and teach them about the amazing world we live in. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is designed for children between the ages of six to 11 and has many different exhibits on daily activities, nutrition, and science. Unlike other museums, many of the exhibits are interactive and allow the kids to learn through visual, auditory, and tactile means.
Reconnect with the Arts in Our Retirement Community
In our retirement community, we offer a wide range of different living programs for our residents. This is so that everyone is able to take part in something they enjoy and still find new things to look forward to each day. If you are interested in our independent living option, reach out to our team today to find out more!