The Children's Museum of the Upstate

Conveniently located in Downtown Greenville, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) offers 60,000 square feet for fun, learning and play! As one of the nation’s largest children’s museums and one of the first to become Smithsonian affiliated, TCMU provides an experience like no other for play-based learning and hands-on engagement for all families.

Over 22 unique exhibit galleries reflect programming in areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition, the environment and community engagement. Families can grocery shop in Publix, climb to the top of Bib’s World–the museum’s outdoor playground–analyze and build in Construction Zone, or explore Grandma Betty’s farm, an exhibit specifically dedicated to children 5 and under.

Free weekly programming, such as Story Time & More and Open Art Studios, provide opportunities for families to further learn and discover together. Annual memberships offer unlimited visits to both TCMU locations in Greenville and Spartanburg.

By offering interactive exhibits and weekly programming, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate seeks to fulfill its mission of igniting a community of compassionate problem solvers through intentional and inclusive play. TCMU is one of South Carolina’s best places for families to discover, learn, imagine and play! Museum hours and more information can be found by visiting their website.

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General Information
  • Days Open: 7 days weekly
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat: 9AM-5PM, Sun: 11AM-5PM
  • ADA Compliant:
  • 100% Smoke Free:
  • Free Wifi:
  • Payment Methods Accepted:
    • Cash
    • Check
    • American Express
    • Discover
    • Master Card
    • Visa
  • Discounts Offered:
    • Group Discounts
    • Military
    • Senior
    • Other See Company Website
  • Minutes To GSP Airport: 10
  • Minutes To Downtown Greenville: <1
  • Minutes to Greenville Convention Center: 10
  • Bus Parking Available:
  • Pet Deposit/Fee: N/A
Attractions
  • Admission Price: Child (ages 1-15): $12; Military/Senior (ages 65+): $9.50; Under age 1: FREE; Members: FREE. One adult is required for every five children attending the museum. Group Admission Rate (minimum 15 people) is $8 for children (age 2-15) and $9 for adults (age 16+) for all-day admission. Advance timed-entry tickets required for visit.
  • Parking Fee: 50 cents per ½ hour; maximum of $4 per day during the week. Saturdays & Sundays are free.
  • On-Site Restaurant/Food Service:
  • Outdoor Picnic Area:
  • Group Rates Available:
  • Gift Shop:
Restaurant
  • Cuisine: Cromer Cafe
  • Price Range: $2.00 - $10.00
  • Lunch:
  • Outdoor Seating:
  • Max # Banquet: 200
  • Max # Dining: 100
  • Max # Outdoor: 64
  • Max # Reception: 240
Venue Information
  • Indoor Venue:
  • Audience Seating: Indoor: 200
  • A/V Equipment Available:
  • Outside Catering Allowed:
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Description The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, located on the cultural campus of Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, can be transformed to accommodate one-of-a-kind events. Complete with 19 interactive exhibit galleries comprised of more than 100 hands-on components, the museum provides a unique facility that will make any corporate, private or social event unforgettable. Entertain 20 to 2,000 employees, clients, friends or family members with help from your very own dedicated event planner. We welcome weddings/receptions; rehearsal dinners; holiday parties; proms/after-proms; corporate retreats/outings; fraternity/sorority functions; baby/bridal showers; family/friend reunions...you name it! No matter the type of event, TCMU offers a unique setting for adult or family-friendly parties.
  • Exhibits 19
  • Total Sq. Ft. 80000
  • Reception Capacity 2000
  • Space Notes Renting the entire museum provides 80,000 square feet of indoor space including all exhibit galleries, meeting spaces, program rooms and cafe, plus open space outdoors on the cafe patio, front plaza, and in the garden. Depending on the number of attendees and preferred set-up, any combination of floors and spaces can be rented inside the museum.
  • Theatre Capacity 270
  • Conference Capacity 20
  • U-Shape Capacity 30
  • Banquet Capacity 200
  • Number of Rooms 6
  • Classroom Capacity 100
Big Idea Conference Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1049
  • Width: 27
  • Length: 38
  • Theater Capacity: 116
  • Classroom Capacity: 44
  • Banquet Capacity: 87
  • Reception Capacity: 105
Café
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2926
  • Width: 47
  • Length: 75
  • Theater Capacity: 200
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Be Anything Place
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1925
  • Width: 48
  • Length: 48
  • Theater Capacity: 201
  • Classroom Capacity: 75
  • Banquet Capacity: 151
  • Reception Capacity: 181
Entire Museum
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 60000
  • Reception Capacity: 1000

November

26
November 26

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

In Open Art Studios, your little ones can develop their fine motor skills and channel their creativity through the craft of the week. All art projects are based on a weekly...

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

November

29
November 29

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday

In steamWORKS at The Children's Museum your child can engage, think, solve problems, and participate in activities geared at STEAM-based learning. Each week you can explore a...

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

November

29
November 29

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Every week, you and your young learners will listen to a new book read aloud in the Dream Theater. Story Time & More includes other activities, dancing, and fun - and is...

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

December

10

Dec 10 2022 - Dec 10 2022

December 10

Dec. 10

This winter, TCMU is heading around the world to celebrate the holiday season! From sunny traditions in Australia, to German Christmas Trees, to special midnight celebrations...

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

December

17

Dec 17 2022 - Dec 17 2022

December 17

Dates vary between November 19, 2022 - December 17, 2022

On November 19 and December 17 from 10AM-11AM, registered guests will learn the ingredients and instructions for a nutritious seasonal recipe which they will then get to...

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

December

19

Dec 19 2022 - Dec 23 2022

December 19

Dec. 19 - Dec. 23

Travel to communities near and far by learning about winter holidays around the world! Each day will be dedicated to learning and appreciating the following Holidays:...

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

December

30

Dec 30 2022 - Dec 30 2022

December 30

Dec. 30

Ring in the new year with Noon Year's Eve at The Children's Museum of the Upstate! Wear your pajamas and join The Children's Museum of the Upstate for the countdown to 2023!...

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

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