Like building a carport out of old Trapper Keepers, developing an eye for fine art can take years. Accelerate your education with today's Groupon: for $5 you get two admission tickets to the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery (a $10 value) in Greenville.
Voted Greenville's Best Hidden Gem by US Airways Magazine, the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery houses over 25 galleries featuring works from the 14th to 19th centuries. The museum's strengths lie in Baroque and Italian art, but it also features samplings of French, English, Flemish, Dutch, and German installations. Fledgling fine-art fanatics and apprised art-house aficionados alike can peruse the The Old Masters Collection featuring famed works such as Il Tintoretto's The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon, or Cranach's Joab Slays Abner. Egyptian artifacts discovered and donated by famed archaeologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, who later changed his name to Harrison Ford, as well as Roman, Babylonian, and Palestinian antiquities are housed in The Bowen Collection.
The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery's current collection comprises 400 paintings, approximately 100 works of sculpture, and nearly 200 pieces of pre-IKEAn furniture dating from the Gothic period to the 19th century. The museum also conducts tours and puts on special events. Admission into the Bob Jones Museum & Gallery also grants customers access to the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green. Groupon buyers may visit the two museums on separate days. Children up to age 12 enjoy free admission to both museums.
US Airways Magazine called Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery the Best Hidden Gem in its 2010 Best of Greenville feature. Frommer's highly recommends it with a perfect three-out-of-three rating and three TripAdvisors an average of 4.5 owl eyes.
- It’s well worth seeking out the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery tucked away on campus. Displayed in 27 galleries, the collection of sacred European art spotlights Italian masters from the 14th to the 19th centuries, including Rubens and Tintoretto. – M. Linda Lee and Martha Williamson, US Airways Magazine
Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery
What began as fewer than 30 paintings hanging in two rooms has since grown into the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, a collection of more than 400 baroque paintings displayed in 30 galleries. The paintings—works by Rubens, van Dyck, and Murillo that date from the 14th through 19th centuries—are thoughtfully displayed in context, surrounded by furniture, sculptures, tapestries, and popular emoticons from their respective time periods. Architectural elements also add texture to the various galleries, flooding them in colorful light from stained-glass windows or framing their walls with the carved corners of fireplace mantels.
At Heritage Green, a satellite location boasts special exhibits of works pulled from the main galleries or on loan from private and public collections. Up on the second floor, interactive exhibits educate visitors of all ages on works by the old masters.