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Review of Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery

Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery
Ranked #11 of 90 things to do in Greenville
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Centralia, Washington
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“great time with family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Museum and Gallery were fun to visit, but Living Gallery play was excellent, wonderful way to spend time at Easter time.

Visited April 2014
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Greenville, South Carolina
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“An amazing collection of religious art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

This small gallery comprises representative examples of some of the finest religious art in the area (and, lest the word "religious" seem too limiting, consider that it has been a subject of most artists until the 20th Century. Unlike most such collections, which have minor works by major artists, this one focuses on major works by lesser-known names (although, truth be told, its small Rembrandt was thought good enough by the Louvre to be borrowed for a special show, and its Tiffany mosaic is one of the best around). I have brought friends familiar with the Hermitage, the Rijksmuseum and the Prado, and all left visibly impressed. Don't miss the works by Cranach, Tiepolo, Dolci, and Dore, as well a fine piece from the Botticelli studios. If possible, plan several shorter (1 to 2 hour) visits rather than one long one. It can be overwhelming, if one really cares about art.

Visited April 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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123 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“SURPRISINGLY FINE collection of religious art...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

small collection by some standards, but so many quality pieces to enjoy... I like the beauty and diversity of this collection.
I dislike that the museum and gallery is ONLY OPEN for 3 hours each afternoon Tuesday-Sunday. There is too much to see in 3 hours on one afternoon.
MOREOVER, I think that the M&G needs to have a study guide/workbook available structured to give people a tool to study the collection systematically and self-paced! With such a workbook each trip there could build upon the last trip there, and much more knowledge would be recorded and retained by visitors serious about studying the art housed there!
I observed students at the M&G doing work on assignments for classes... seems logical for the M&G to create a collection study aid for the general public that can bring added revenue to help support and sustain the M&G while providing an enjoyable ongoing educational experience? This would encourage patrons to return multiple times which also would generate revenue. Perhaps there could be an annual visitor pass similar to the way Biltmore encourages return guest trips.

Visited March 2014
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Houston, Texas
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60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Dickens of a Clever Exhibition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

Smallish, boutique museum featuring a Victorian-themed exhibit (exhibits changed on some schedule) that is artfully staged, cleverly conceived, and fun to explore. Friendly staff. While nothing in the exhibit was jaw-dropping, the total experience was a delight. We certainly would encourage Anglophiles and bibliophiles to dash over to the gallery.

Visited March 2014
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“An Unbelievable Religious Art Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

There are 28 galleries in the museum, and the collection is amazing. You can see an authentic Rembrandt, and works by Rubens, van Dyck, and many others. There are altars, sculptures, and period furniture. The art dates back to the 13th century. In addition to the art, they have an antiquities collection with artifacts that span 37 centuries with pieces that "represent everyday life from ancient Egyptian, Roman and Hebrew cultures." (I've taken this last quote from their brochure--I cannot think of any better way to describe the artifacts.) The museum is amazing and only costs $5 for admission. I only went because a friend wanted to see the museum, but I definitely recommend it to anyone that has any appreciation for art.

Visited March 2014
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