About Us


The Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. We strive to engage our community and our visitors through unique exhibitions and interactive, educational and creative programs for people of all ages.

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


Chairperson: Nancy Cave
Vice Chairperson: Lindsey Rankin

Treasurer: Tom Hudgins

Secretary: Barbara Marshall
Emeritus: Carolyn Burroughs

Honorary: Brian Rutenberg


Elizabeth Benton

Sharon Clayton

Susie Darrah

Tommy Davis

Laura DuRant

Cynthia Hodell Dyer

Veronica Davis Gerald

Vern Hearl

Kara Keith

Susan Walker King

Rita Siegal Levine

William Miller

Erin Pate

Grace Sandoz


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3100 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

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Patricia Goodwin, Executive Director


Karen Olson, Special Projects Coordinator


Liz Miller,Curator


Arielle Fatuova, Children's Education Coordinator


Liza Holian, Museum Services Coordinator


Karen DeLuca, Museum Services


Shari Corley, Museum Services



Our Museum is composed of the following:
   - Six first floor galleries featuring rotating exhibits
  - Four second-floor galleries including the Grace Martin Matlock Education Galleries
  - The Art Studio, classroom space used for children's, adults' and family workshops
  - Simeon Chapin Art Resource Library
  - Reception Room with baby grand piano, used for receptions, concerts, lectures, displays and demonstrations
  - Carolyn Burroughs Tea Porch, an enclosed space for receptions and other events offering a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.



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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Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.
Admission is Free,
but donations are

3100 South Ocean Boulevard
(across from Springmaid Pier)
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
phone 843.238.2510
fax 843.238.2910

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For bus tours or groups of 20 or more please see Docent Tours.

Accessibility: Elevator access at ground floor under the building (call button activated). Wheelchair available on request. Handicap parking in front of the Museum.

2015 Member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
American Alliance of Museums
Blue Star Museums