The Myrtle Beach art museum offers continuously changing exhibitions of regional and national artists, art classes, lectures, workshops, and a research library.
Opened in 1997 by a small group of local artists, art patrons, business leaders, and other private citizens, the facility houses four permanent collections and hosts traveling exhibits several times a year. Known officially as the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, it is named for the founders of the Myrtle Beach Farms Company (now Burroughs and Chapin Company) that donated the land for the museum.
The museum features eleven galleries on two floors that allow for exhibitions of varying sizes as well as an easy flow from one exhibit to another. On display you’ll find paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles, and a variety of multi-media works by regional and national artists that rotate about every two or three months.
Downstairs, there are seven galleries, a reception/meeting room, and a small museum gift shop with an eclectic collection of prints, jewelry, and arts and crafts items for sale.
There is also the Simeon Chapin Art Research Library, open to anyone wanting to do research and study, or to just curl up with good art book. This is an onsite facility only, not a lending library, so no check outs.
At the other end of the museum facing the beach is the Carolyn Burroughs Tea Porch, a relaxing, sunny room with an ocean view offering tables and chairs and a variety of teas and cookies available for purchase.
Upstairs you’ll find four more galleries as well as an art studio and classrooms. Programs and workshops are available for children ages 3 to 12, teens from 13 to 18 and adults. There are also after school and summer art programs for kids.
Over the years, the building has been added onto to increase gallery and workshop space, but the heart of the museum is the Springmaid Villa. Built in 1924 by textile industry tycoon Eugene Cannon as a vacation home, the house was originally located at the north end of Ocean Boulevard in the historic Cabana section of town.
Cannon later sold the home to Col. Elliot Springs who named it Springmaid Villa. In 1975, the house was slated for demolition when a group of locals got together and persuaded the owner to let them have it. He agreed on one condition, that the house be moved. The Myrtle Beach Farms Company agreed to donate the land and so the 150-ton structure was moved eight miles south to its present location.
Although there are numerous art galleries in the area, this is the only art museum in Myrtle Beach. They are kid-friendly, and part of their mission statement is to “engage the community through unique exhibitions and interactive, educational and creative programs for people of all ages.”
There are four permanent collections:
Local artists are welcome to submit their work for consideration in an exhibition. Submission are online only through the museum website.
The museum is free of charge, but donations are happily accepted. Parking is also free.
Photography is allowed (no flash) in the galleries unless otherwise indicated.
There is free WiFi available. Ask at the front desk for the WiFi password.
There are restrooms on both floors.
There is an elevator located next to the stairway outside that takes you into the building and a wheelchair is available if needed.
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is located across the street from Springmaid Resort at the east end of the Myrtle Beach Airport and east of the Market Common. You can cross Springmaid Boulevard to reach Springmaid Pier. Also nearby are Warbird Park, the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base memorial, and Myrtle Beach State Park.
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
3100 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Opening Hours are:
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Closed
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