Recent News

July 17, 2020: Museum School with Greenville Explorers: TCMU partners with World Explorers for full day educational experience​

For the 2020-2021 school year, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will be partnering with World Explorers to present full-day Museum School classes (8AM-3PM) and after-school care (3PM-6PM) at TCMU Greenville.

As parents navigate a shifting school schedule of both in-person and virtual learning, Museum School with Greenville Explorers will provide learning spaces that follow CDC guidelines for health and safety, allowing students to study in small cohorts while having full access to the museum.  

Specifically, full-day Museum School classes will provide guided assistance for eLearning curriculum, while also offering other enriching activities and learning opportunities, for children grades K4-5th. Your child can choose classes ranging from Inventor’s Workshop, Artworks, Book Adventures, to Global Kitchens and more!

Classes and programs will be available for purchase in bulk, by week or even day to day—to allow for flexibility of changing school schedules based on health guidelines. 

Registration will open August 3rd at  Sign up to receive more information when registration is available! 

Read Hillary's e-mail here or click below to view the press release. 

June 23, 2020: COVID-19 Reopening Plans

We are so excited to announce that we will officially open our doors to the public on Tuesday, July 7! 

Both of our locations will be opening with modified hours: Tuesday-Friday (10am-3pm), Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (11am-5pm.). TCMU-Spartanburg will be timed ticketing only.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, TCMU will be implementing several safety modifications—including new sanitizing wipe stations, routine cleanings and revised museum flow to encourage social distancing. All TCMU staff will be required to wear a mask and have their temperatures checked upon arrival. Adult guests will be asked to wear masks. You can read more about our health and safety regulations here.

TCMU will host members only days for members on Saturday, June 27, as well as July 1, 2 and 3. If you are not already a member, TCMU is offering a discounted membership (valid through December 31, 2020) for $99. 

May 29, 2020: COVID-19 Update from Hillary Spencer, CEO of TCMU 

As the demands of virtual learning subside, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is here to provide ways for children of all ages to continue learning, engaging and creating. Whether your child is interested in learning the intricacies of nature, wants to be an astronaut when they grow up, or wants to 'brush' up on their art making—TCMU has an option that fits every child—and every family! 

Summer camps will begin on June 8 at both the TCMU-Greenville and TCMU- Spartanburg locations. For those of you interested in summer camps, we have made several changes to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors. 

For families that are not quite ready for summer camp, we just launched TCMU Clubhouse—live-streamed, small group classes led by skilled educators that explore a new topic or hobby every week!  

You can read more details in Hillary’s e-mail here or on our website. 

May 22, 2020: COVID-19 Update from Hillary Spencer, CEO of TCMU 

In accordance with guidance from the CDC, as well as local and state governments, we too, at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, have begun taking steps towards our phased reopening.

It remains our top priority to create the safest environment possible for our staff and visitors. 

TCMU will open to staff on June 1 for training. Summer camps will begin at TCMU-Greenville on June 8 at limited capacities with several modifications. Based on real-time observations, TCMU will then make decisions regarding opening to members and the public.

Camps, programs and exhibitions have been reevaluated to encourage social distancing and several cleaning strategies have been implemented—including additional hand sanitization and sanitization wipe stations, routinely scheduled cleaning and revised museum flow.

All TCMU staff members will be required to wear a mask; visitors will be encouraged to wear a mask. 

You can read more about our initial reopening from Hillary’s message here. We are so excited to see you so soon!  

May 15, 2020: COVID-19 Update from Hillary Spencer, CEO of TCMU 

On behalf of all of us at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, we miss learning with you, creating with you, playing with you and most importantly, we miss dreaming with you!   

Today, we wanted to share a few general updates with you:   

As schools remain closed for the duration of the academic year, the museum is here to help fill the learning gap our children will undoubtedly face. You can access our virtual programming by following along on Facebook and Instagram.  

As a gathering space for children of all ages—as well as parents, grandparents, educators, artists, and community members—we take seriously our role in protecting our visitors and our staff. We are outlining new safety precautions and cleaning measures—from entry flow, reimagined public hours, cleaning schedules, to enhanced sanitizing stations—in order to confirm a safe reopening for our community. We remain committed to following CDC guidelines, and hope to share confirmed details, for both our Greenville and Spartanburg locations, with you very soon! 

We are actively assessing the safest way to host TCMU summer camps. For those of you who have already registered, please be on the lookout for an email with detailed information very soon. To our valued members, please note that we will be extending all memberships for the length of time that TCMU remains closed due to COVID-19. 

With the museum temporarily closed, we forgo much needed admission revenue which helps support our vital services. If you would like to support TCMU during this challenging time, please consider making a donation here.  

We are so excited to see you again!  

To read Hillary’s entire message, please click here.  

April 20, 2020: TCMU Membership Update 

We miss you and your families! We look forward to the day when we can all play together again at the museum.  

We will be extending all memberships for the length of time that TCMU remains closed to our valued members. If you would still like to renew your membership at the present time, you can renew online at or you can contact Debra Plosky at In thanks for your continued support of TCMU and our mission, we'd like to gift you 5 guest passes that will automatically be added to your account once you renew!  

To read this entire message, please click here.

March 16, 2020: TCMU COVID-19 Closure Announcement

Dear Friends, 

TCMU will temporarily close to visitors beginning Monday, March 16. 

Our team is hard at work curating and creating ways for you to continue the play at home during this time! Click here to access our TCMU At Home Resource page for activities to do with your family at home. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check back here for updates. 

All scheduled events (including camps, after-schools, birthday parties, etc.) between March 17-31 will be postponed. If this affects your family, you will be contacted individually in the next few days regarding alternate options. 

The closing of the museum is a preventive measure, but we will be cleaning rigorously and thoroughly while we're closed. TCMU will reopen under the guidance of public health officials. 

We wish you and your family good health.