The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

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The Children’s Museum of the Upstate


About the Artwork

In a collaborative meeting with the team members who worked on this project, we asked the question: “How does the Upstate celebrate International Inclusion?” Immediately, food came to everyone’s mind! Greenville has ethnic foods represented throughout the county and city. Food makes everyone feel at home when they might be far away from another home. Taking this idea and running with it, we decided that making sushi tires would be fun and fitting for The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Additionally, sushi is a well-known cultural food of Southeast Asia, and we used this to represent all ethnic foods offered in the Upstate. Whether it is Thai and Asian, Latin American and Cuban, or Greek and Mexican food, the Upstate offers a familiar taste for everyone.

About the Team

One mother had a wish to create a place in Upstate South Carolina where children would be inspired and learn in a hands on environment. In December 2003, local benefactors donated the former Greenville County Library building and plans for The Children’s Museum of the Upstate began to take shape. On July 31, 2009, this one-of-a-kind educational attraction opened on the cultural campus of Heritage Green in downtown Greenville. TCMU remains committed to serving the needs and interests of all children by providing experiences that stimulate curiosity, stir the imagination, and develop a lifelong love of learning. Since its opening in 2009, the museum has served visitors from all 50 states and over 16 different countries.