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

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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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  • When we travel I usually look for art galleries to visit. I find this one, noted it was free and in a historical beach home and knew we had to visit. Currently they are hosting a Frida Kahlo exhibit.....  more
    When we travel I usually look for art galleries to visit. I find this one, noted it was free and in a historical beach home and knew we had to visit. Currently they are hosting a Frida Kahlo exhibit.....  more »
  • Free parking and free admission. ( donations optional) We were there with our 10 and 13 year olds to see The World of Frida exhibit. A scavenger hunt sheet was given to our 10 y o to add to the... 
    Free parking and free admission. ( donations optional) We were there with our 10 and 13 year olds to see The World of Frida exhibit. A scavenger hunt sheet was given to our 10 y o to add to the...  more »
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  • We originally were headed for Savannah's playground but traffic had us turn around and miss our way. So, we followed the yellow brick road to the grandest of strand treasures at the Art Museum! 💕 What a wonderful place to visit with family or friends. There are 2 floors of professional art installations with seasonal exhibits. Everything is accessible via elevator and/or ramps with plenty of viewing room. You can experience The World of Frida through September 2022. They offer an Eye Spy game for children and a lovely sitting area with ocean views and a community puzzle to work on. There are classes you can take and a gift shop full of artistic treasures. New goals, I would love to have my own artwork exhibited in a collection here some day! Definitely going to become a member and become a part of this thriving and professional New Earth art center! Don't forget to leave a donation if you are able to when you stop by! I won't spoil the show with too many photos but just enough to give you a sneak peak of what to expect! 🙏🥰
  • Visited a month or so ago and definitely will return. Happy to hear how the gallery displays new artists every couple of months, so its a good local place. Had some amazing work. My favorite was the miniature room models.

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