Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach

(4.8/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
The Museum first opened to the public in June, 1997, but was conceived some 13 years earlier by a small group of Myrtle Beach visionaries - artists, art patrons, business leaders, cultural enthusiasts and other private citizens.

The building itself dates to 1924, when it was built by textile industry mogul Eugene Cannon in the Cabana section of Myrtle Beach. It was subsequently sold to Col. Elliot White Springs for use by his family and executives of Springs Industries and re-christened Springmaid Villa.

In 1975, the Villa changed hands again and was slated for demolition. A campaign to save Springmaid Villa began, led initially by Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild President Gaye Sanders Fisher. The building's survival, however, was contingent on its relocation: a Herculean effort organized by Guild member and Myrtle Beach Councilman Harry Charles, along with his wife, Jane. Relocating the 150-ton structure required two flatbed trucks for three full days, with a team of city employees, utility workers and every member of the Guild working side by side.

The Villa was taken to its new home eight miles south, an undeveloped property whose donation by the Myrtle Beach Farms Company, precursor to the Burroughs & Chapin Company, had been negotiated by Harry Charles.

Charles was also instrumental in creating the Springmaid Villa Art Museum Corporation, a new non-profit with a board of trustees charged with converting and later managing the property as a public Art Museum. Following a decade-long fundraising effort, the Museum opened its doors in June, 1997.

In recognition of the land donation, it was re-named for the founders of Myrtle Beach Farms and became the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.
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  • Very well displayed and very informative. I have been 3 times, I loved the quilts. Amazing how talented so many people are.  more »
  • Me and my wife walked along Ocean Blvd and found this Gem. and I'm not just saying that because the Name is Burroughs warm atmosphere and friendly and knowledgeable, and of course all the Beautiful Ar...  more »
  • I thought this would be a nice cultural gesture while we were in Myrtle Beach. I didn’t realize I would enjoy the exhibits as much as I did. Exhibits change every few months. There are stairs, but the...  more »
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  • One of the top activities on our family's Myrtle Beach vacation list was a visit to this museum. The staff members are all warm and delightfully passionate about their artistic offerings. The historic Springmaid House, residence to the museum, adds to the overall enriching visual experience. The newest display, Celia Person's art, not only exhibits great talent and skill but evokes in the viewer, a desire for a deeper experience with the mysterious cultures from her travels. How valuable to be transported to remote locations visually and enjoy the emotional experience of ancient places filled with spiritual echoes.
  • Fascinating Lego exhibit. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Charming facilities. No fees or costs to view exhibits. Great place to go for a couple of hours without spending money.
  • My son thoroughly enjoyed the Lego exhibit...the place is great for kids and adults...and they had a great seating area for me to sit and look at the ocean while my son played with the Legos for as long as he wanted..great day!
  • Interactive and thought provoking. A great time and kid friendly
  • Fantastic Lego exhibit. Grandson loved it.