Local Spotlight: Greenville Museum of Art

Greenville Museum of Art

Raise your hand if you’ve been stuck in a rut. Don’t be embarrassed—we’ve all slowed down our normal schedules lately. Still, you can infuse some color into the everyday! All you need to do is plan a trip to the Greenville Museum of Art this season!

What is the Greenville Museum of Art?

In 1935, the Greenville Museum of Art got its start as the Federal Art Project’s Gallery in Greenville, NC. Rachel Maxwell Moore served as the founder, after she was inspired by the inaugural Women’s Club Arts Festival. The gallery thrived as a part of the Works Progress Administration. Though it faced uncertainty once the WPA ended, it soon received its first collection, allowing it to start a new chapter of its history. That acquisition—graphics—became the very first part of the museum’s current holdings.

Twenty years after its founding, the gallery became the Greenville Art Center. Then, four more years later in 1959, it moved to the Flanagan Home. A month later in 1960, it went public, so that everyone could enjoy the beautiful pieces.

So, when did it become the Greenville Museum of Art? In 1980! Since then, it has welcomed around 15,000 visitors each year.

What can I see at the Greenville Museum of Art?

The Greenville Museum of Art is filled with fantastic exhibits. When you visit, you can see collections and featured pieces such as:

  • North Carolina Pottery;
  • Perceptions and Recognitions: African Americans of Eastern North Carolina;
  • Healing Through Art: Mental Health Awareness Exhibition;
  • The Francis Speight & Sarah Blakeslee Gallery;
  • Freeman Vines: Hanging Tree Guitars;
  • Revisiting Cornerstones: The Louis Orr Etchings of North Carolina;
  • And more.

Visiting Details

The museum is closed Sunday through Tuesday, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your visit. It opens on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find the museum at 802 South Evans St. Admission is free!

If you would like to stay home this season, you can still support the Greenville Museum of Art. For those who feel moved, you can make a donation here or become a member here!

Safety Reminders

Your safety matters—and so does the safety of others! We’re all working together to protect those around us—so please remember to follow these rules when you visit the museum. Currently, the Greenville Museum requires all visitors to wear a mask. You should also remain six feet or farther from those not in your household. They also ask that you call 252-758-1946 ahead of time before your visit.

Additionally, if you feel unwell, please postpone your visit for another time. Thank you so much for taking care of our wonderful community!


Real life. Real art. Real beauty. They all combine perfectly at the Greenville Museum of Art. If you decide to visit, we hope you enjoy your trip.

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