Did You Know … All About the Myrtle Beach Art Museum

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When you stay here at Bay View Resort, you are in close proximately to some of the best attractions Myrtle Beach has to offer.  The blue Atlantic Ocean, kissing the white sandy beaches, 1.2 miles of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and many great attractions and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

If you are looking to take in one of the free art exhibits at the Franklin G. Burroughs- Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, it is just down the road a few miles.

The Museum first opened to the public in June of 1997 – it took several artists, art patrons, business leaders, cultural enthusiasts and other private citizens about 13 years to bring their visions to life.

But the real history is the building that dated back to 1924 and 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. But people saw something different with  and started a campaign to save Springmaid Villa.  After proving it should be saved, there was one stipulation that the building had to be relocated.  So, 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.

The Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. In our 11 galleries, exhibitions change throughout the year as the Museum features a lively panorama of artists and their works including paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage — almost anything the artistic imagination can construct.

Plan to visit during your next visit to Bay View Resort and enjoy the Art Museum’s exhibitions.