16 museums to see in Myrtle Beach and along the Grand Strand

The Grand Strand boasts no shortage of museums, for culture, heritage, local and state history, children, saluting the military, and art.

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The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, based in an ocean-area on the south corner of Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, has changing exhibits every few months, and a series of art classes geared to youngsters.

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In Georgetown County: Brookgreen Gardens is an outdoor museum of sculpture, also with changing exhibits, inside, and various ways to take in Lowcountry history, through tours on boat and wheels.The “Nature Connects: Legos Bricks Sculpture” exhibit continues through Sept. 5.

Tours and great vantage points to walk through history and observing wildlife also all the talk for seeing parts of the 17,000-some acres that make up Hobcaw Barony, just north of Georgetown. Introductory tours include a stop at Hobcaw House, the former Baruch family residence where Bernard Baruch entertained notable leaders such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and sights of quarters that once housed horses for Belle Baruch, known for her equestrian competition awards around the world.

  • Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach. 843-235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.
  • Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 2204 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach. 843-946-9469 or ww.cmsckids.org.
  • Georgetown County Museum, 120 Broad St., Georgetown. 843-545-7020 or www.georgetowncountymuseum.com.
  • Hall of Heroes, in Sands Ocean Dunes Resort, 201 75th. Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. 843-692-5265, 843-692-5100 or www.sandsresorts.com/hall-of-heroes)
  • Hobcaw Barony, on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown. 843-546-4623 or www.hobcawbarony.org
  • Horry County Museum, 805 Main St., Conway, in historic Burroughs School building, next to Horry County Memorial Library Conway branch. 843-915-5320, and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, north of Conway (843-365-3596). www.horrycountymuseum.org.
  • Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown. 843-545-4067 or kaminskimuseum.org.
  • Mini Military Museum, in Veterans Cafe & Grille, 3544 Northgate Blvd., Myrtle Beach, in Northgate Plaza, off S.C. 707 at southwest corner at U.S. 17 Bypass, near Dollar General. 843-232-8387.
  • Myrtle Beach Historic Colored School Museum and Education Center, 900 Dunbar St., Myrtle Beach, close to Mr. Joe White Avenue. 843-918-1050 or www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/coloredschool.html.
  • North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach. 843-427-7668 or www.nmbmuseum.com.
  • Old Bridge Museum, at Old Sunset Beach Swing Bridge, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, N.C. 910-363-6585 oroldbridgepreservationsociety.org.
  • The Rice Museum, 633 Front St., Georgetown. 843-546-7423 or www.ricemuseum.org.
  • S.C. Civil War Museum, in Myrtle Beach Indoor Shooting Range, 4857 U.S. 17 Bypass S., opposite Palmetto Pointe Drive, between Farrow Parkway and S.C. 544, south of Myrtle Beach, east of Socastee. 843-293-4344 or www.mbisr.com.
  • S.C. Maritime Museum, 729 Front St., Georgetown, across from Broad Street. 843-520-0111 or scmaritimemuseum.org.
  • Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens, outside Horry County Parks and Recreation’s C.B. Berry Recreation Center, 2250 S.C. 179, Little River, just east of U.S. 17. near N.C. line. 843-249-4157 or www.facebook.com/pages/HCPR-Vereen-Memorial-Gardens-CB-Berry-Recreation-Center/353774794672168.
  • Wheels of Yesteryear, 413 Hospitality Lane, near Carolina Forest, off U.S. 501, across from main entrance to Tanger Outlets, by Myrtle Beach Speedway. 843-903-4774 or www.wheelsofyesteryearmb.com.

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