Regional History Museum

Located in the Chapman Cultural Center, the Spartanburg Regional History Museum has been in operation since 1961.

Permanent exhibits at the Museum offer a walk through time from the early days of Spanish explorers like Juan Pardo to the late 20th century.  While you’re looking at the artifacts on this main exhibit table, don’t miss out on the fact that the table is made from wood salvaged from Riverdale Mill.  You will notice as you come up the stairs to enter the museum that the bell from Riverdale Mill is hanging in the entryway.  While there is an exhibit area that focuses solely on Spartanburg County’s rich textile heritage, evidence of that heritage is sprinkled throughout the exhibits.

Other permanent exhibits focus on the broad military history of Spartanburg County from the fight for American Independence to the training camps located here during World Wars I & II.  Camps Wadsworth and Croft and the men who trained there left an indelible mark on Spartanburg.  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 exhibit, where you can glimpse the leisure activities of Spartans for the last 100 years or so.

The decorative arts gallery showcases the Museum’s outstanding collection of Spartanburg and Piedmont area furniture, including those pieces displaying the distinctive half-penny inlay.  In this area you’ll also find locally made pottery, hand crafted quilts and samplers, and other artwork.  The rotating exhibit space changes every two to three months, so there is always something new to see when you visit the History Museum.  You won’t want to miss our special exhibits for Black History and Women’s History months.