710 Frontage Road East
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 448-4884
Fax: (843) 626-4914
Arts & Museums
Visitors of all ages won't be able to resist this curiously odd, three-story structure that appears upside-down from the outside. Entertaining, scientific and educational, the ceiling of the lobby is decorated just like the floor and it certainly belies the fun ahead for the inquisitive. Children and adults will find exhibits and displays, simulators, physical tests of endurance and games of fun. Experience the force of 84-mph winds in the Hurricane Shack, generate electricity by bike pedaling, lay on a bed of nails, feel the 28°F water that passengers of the Titanic felt, ride a simulated roller coaster, make giant bubbles in the Bubble Lab or try your hand at landing the space shuttle.
Myrtle Beach is usually known for its spectacular beaches and college camaraderie during the spring, but this little gem of a museum provides a little intellectual stimulation. Here, the museum presents exhibits that are designed for children, like "Bubble Mania" to see how one is made, the "Kidz Medical Center" where kids learn about medicine and "Flora's Farmers Market" to learn about plants. There are plenty of other ones also, just check the website for more information. Moreover, the museum has events and programs throughout the year, check out calendar to find out more.
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a visual art space dedicated to the work of local artists. The quaint little house dates from 1924, but it was moved from its original location in 1975, when it was slated for demolition. Happily the historic house survived, and today it houses a permanent art collection alongside other guest artist exhibits. An art library and working studio are available for those who want to learn more about art and learn to paint or draw. Admission is free.
This massive private car collection belongs to Paul and Carol Cummings. Here the gallery houses more than 100 different vehicles, from old-timer transport to gas-hogging muscle machines. For nearly 50 years Paul and his wife have amassed this treasure trove of vehicles. Dodge, Plymouth, Mercury, Pontiac, almost every single classic muscle car from those companies is represented here. The 1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ is an amazing pre-NASCAR race car and the 1963 Corvette Stingray is a car owner's dream. These are just a couple of cars on display, for a complete list, you can contact the shop.
This botanical/sculpture garden which includes a zoo is located near Murrell's Inlet about 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. These gardens sit on what were once old rice plantations and they are part of a larger 6000-acre nature preserve run under the guidance of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The gardens display more than 500 sculptured pieces of work interspersed throughout, whereas the zoo presents wildlife exhibits of South Carolinian animals as well as other creatures like birds of prey. However, the coolest thing about this place is their History Adventure Tour, where guests can take a 48-ft. pontoon boat up murky swamps to see alligators, or a trek by vehicle through the back-country that includes Antebellum plantations, Civil War sites and other interesting attractions.
Atalaya Castle is located on the beautiful Huntington Beach seaside and is one of the top attractions of Murrell's Inlet, SC. The Moorish-inspired mansion was the former home of philanthropist Archer Huntington and his wife, famed sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington. The massive edifice has four 200-ft. walls and within them, guests will see how this early 20th-century power couple lived. From servants and cook's quarters to sculptures from Anna herself and even a bear pen, this is how the 1% lived in 1931.