Regional History Museum
The History Museum showcases our region's life from before European explorers to the present-day. The Museum's collections examines Spartanburg textile mills, the military training camps Wadsworth and Croft, our changing city in photographs, and much more. The Decorative Arts Collection highlights the cultural uniqueness and creativity of Spartanburg County and Piedmont area craftsman. Frequent rotating exhibits explore a variety of engaging historical topics related to Spartanburg and the Upstate.
HOURS: 10:00-5:00, Tuesday - Saturday; 1:00-5:00, Sunday
ADMISSION: Free. Donations appreciated. Call for guided and after-hour tour rates.
GROUP VISITS & OUTREACH PROGRAMS: For information on how to schedule a group visit or an outreach program, download our Group Visit & Outreach Planner.LOCATION: 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg
DIRECTIONS: On I-85 Business, take Exit 5 -- the Pine Street / US 176 / Downtown Exit. Follow Pine Street into town, turn right onto St. John Street, and turn right at Liberty Street into the Chapman Cultural Center parking lot. Enter the Moseley Building and come upstairs to the History Museum.
A Visit to the History Museum
The Museum's permanent exhibit offers a walk-through of Spartanburg history from the early days of Spanish explorers like Juan Pardo to the military training camps of the 20th century's two World Wars and beyond. You'll notice a bell from Riverdale Mill hanging in the entryway as you climb the stairs to enter the museum. While looking at artifacts in the main exhibit, note the exhibit counter is made from wood salvaged from Riverdale Mill. While there certainly is a display focusing solely on Spartanburg County's rich textile heritage, evidence of that heritage is sprinkled throughout the Museum.
Whether it's the crucial role of the Battle of Cowpens in winning American independence from Great Britain or the indelible mark left by the men who passed through Camp Wadsworth in the First World War and Camp Croft in the Second World War, an important focus of the Museum is Spartanburg County's broad military history. To satisfy curious minds and active hands, "Spartanburg By the Numbers" and "Spartanburg Firsts" offer details about our history behind small doors just waiting to be opened. There is also plenty to see in the "Where People Meet" display, where you can glimpse the leisure activities of Spartans for the last century.
The decorative arts gallery showcases the Museum's outstanding collection of Spartanburg and Piedmont area furniture -- including several distinctive half-penny inlay pieces -- locally made pottery, hand-crafted quilts and samplers, and other artwork.
A rotating exhibit changes every two to three months to explore a variety of engaging historical topics related to our region. There is always something new to see when you visit the History Museum!