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

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Art Museum Museum
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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  • If you are looking for some culture, breathing art, and friendly staff, stop into one of the most exquisite art museums in the country! This hidden gem is a great reprieve from the other tourist desti...  more »
  • When you come to the Grand Strand for fun in the sun and waves, don't neglect your inner self. Seek some calm in the beauty of this art museum located in a restored 1920's beachfront house. Although s...  more »
  • I had read about this sight in my AAA booklet and found that the description did not do it justice. The villa had once belonged to the Cannon family in the 1920's and passed on to another family. When...  more »
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  • Great museum with contemporary art exhibitions. Staff is very knowledgeable about every exhibition shown. They also have wonderful summer classes for children K through teens. Great fun for a sunny or rainy day!
  • Nice little place to go for a while to see different pieces of art. Some of the art was locally done plus seeing the art done by the kids is really cool too.
  • We had the whole family with us. Main gallery closed. We gave a large donation and then we're told only one exhibit was open. We weren't told to expect so much nudity with a 4 year old and 9 year old boy with us. Lots of people sitting around this gallery that could have given caution.
  • This free attraction was fun and close to our hotel. They have 10 parking spots and strange hours. The exhibits were nice.
  • Loved the art work that was on display, even got some great gifts and projects to do with my daughter. Would go back any time.