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Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery

Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery (Greenville, SC)

1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.

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Located on the campus of Bob Jones University, the Museum and Gallery holds one of the largest collections of European sacred art on the continent. Its collection focuses on the history of Christianity as interpreted by all of Europe’s master artists, from the early 14th through the late 19th centuries. This includes a comprehensive collection of paintings from all eras of European art, a collection of Orthodox icons from Russia and Greece, and Benjamin West’s paintings for King George III’s ” Chapel of the History of Revealed Religion.”

The Grand Picture Gallery rotates exhibits from the collection, focusing on a particular historical period or artist. The Gallery originated in 1951 with a collection of 25 paintings, mostly by Italian masters, shown in a small gallery adjoining BJU’s Bowen Collection of Antiquities from Biblical times. In subsequent decades, the Museum grew rapidly, moving and expanding several times. In 1991 its collection had reached over 400 works of art, and in 1996 the Gallery became an independent, tax-exempt entity. Today, in addition to exhibiting its collection, the Gallery offers an array of educational programs, many for children, to enhance local appreciation for the fine arts.

Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (Greenlink bus 11 from the Wade Hampton Blvd. and N. Pleasantburg Dr. stop is a 5-minute walk)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Tuesday–Sunday
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays
  • Admission: Adults $5,
Seniors (60+) $4,
Students (w/ID) $3, children (12 and under) and members are free
  • Tour: Guided tours are available Tuesday–Saturday by reservation only for groups of 10 or more. Requests for tours are granted based on schedule availability. Tours last approximately 50 minutes. Contact museum for the latest tour prices
  • Audio Tour: Free audio tours are available for selected exhibitions
  • Membership: Individual membership is $50; Dual/Family membership is $150. All members receive free, unlimited admission; free, unlimited admission for two guests (4 with Dual/Family membership) when accompanied by the member; a 10% discount in the M&G Gift Shops; a subscription to the Gallery News newsletter and M&G Calendar of Events; an invitation to all membership events including music recitals, exhibition previews, lectures, and other art programs; access to premium seating for the annual Living Gallery presentation; and reciprocal membership privileges with participating museums across the southeast.