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

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 200+ 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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  • That the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum is not ranked among the top "must-see" attractions is a shame - for those who don't know about it. The small group in the know about this hidden gem enjoy the ...  read more »
  • free. always appropriate for various age groups and interests. the tea room offers one of the best views on the south myrtle beach strand. usually it has tea and crumpets for donation but, right now i...  read more »
  • We visited here September 8 2016 to view the artist Nathan Sawaya Lego Exhibit. We have visited here on several occasions and have always enjoyed how the exhibits are set up. This exhibit was no exemp...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I am no artist but we go there every-time we are in Myrtle Beach, and there is always something to see. The different artist techniques and the imaginations of them are fantastic.
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