Visitors to the Spartanburg Art Museum can view great works of art and learn how to create their own artwork under the same roof. The museum’s permanent collection includes artwork that spans multiple mediums, including paintings, photography, textiles, and sculpture from noted artists such as August Cook, Francesco Bartolozzi, and other North and South Carolinian artists. Talented artists—many of whom hold degrees in their respective disciplines—lead the museum’s Art School, where they teach both kids and adults how to craft their own masterpieces. The museum also regularly welcomes rotating exhibitions, guest speakers, and special programs.
Hands On! A Child's Gallery is an interactive and educational museum for children age 1–10. Kids can cavort through a variety of exhibits that stimulate imaginations and sensory experiences in a safe environment that encourages learning. In the creative-arts area, little ones become artists, donning smocks or picking up part-time barista jobs, taking to easels, decorating a chalk wall, or embellishing a table with colorful dyed rice.
An 850-square-foot mountain, complete with waterfall, encourages kids to engage with aspects of the natural world including cause and effect. Interactive games impart lessons on dental hygiene at the toothy tango section. A large Lego ramp gives kids a venue for their own kid-built Lego cars. A music room hosts concentration and memory games and encourages kids to learn the sounds of different instruments. A miniature grocery store presents the chance to shop for nutritious meals, learn about budgets, and wander parking lots as they try to remember where they parked.
The Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.
Culture & Heritage Museums safeguard the Carolina Piedmont's historical treasures and educate residents and visitors about the region's unique past. Instituted in the 1950's, York County's group of affiliated museums and attractions forms a multi-campus network encompassing a wealth of educational opportunities across various disciplines.
Each year, museumgoers view antique documents and photographs at the Historical Center located inside the McCelvey Center. They can get to know more than 1,500 natural specimens at the hands-on Naturalist Center inside the Museum of York County, and march through Historic Brattonsville's 775-acre Revolutionary War site. Locals can volunteer at the museums in fascinating roles, such as specimen preparers, who beautify avian exhibits by helping with taxidermy and surgical beak-lifts.
With live animals and hands-on activities, Charlotte Nature Museum has provided families, flora, and fauna a place to mingle for more than fifty years. Childlike adventurers can interact with Mother Earth through an ever-changing variety of interactive exhibits, such as Beginnings, where students assemble to fawn over baby chicks, mice, and tadpoles. Little lepidopterists can scurry through the Butterfly Pavilion, and miniature freshwater biologists can get a head start in Our Big Backyard, where they can splash around streams of water and explore secret tunnels, many of which eventually lead to natural science museums in China. Catch a showing of The Shadow Knows at the Dragonfly Theatre or chat with a naturalist about the museum’s eclectic array of plants and animals.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, directed by Jessica Orek, is an independent documentary that has garnered praise from IFC, Variety, and Filmmaker magazine for its quiet, poetic imagery, offbeat subject matter, and avant-garde style that, as critic Alicia Van Couvering stated, is "so much more than the sum of its parts." The film explores Japan's fascination with insects, the country's lucrative trade of insect sales, insect art and literature, and more, all through the magnifying lens of historical detective work. The Duke Energy Theatre offers an intimate, attractive space for film-gazing, with auditorium-style seats that keep your vision clear from obstructive bonnets, beehives, and Gorgon snakes.