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Located on the south end of Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum has been attracting and displaying fine works of art since 1997.

Past and present collections have included local, regional, national, and international artists whose work spans a wide range of mediums (painting, sculpture, fashion, quilts, maps, music). The museum plays host to openings for the ongoing collections, juried art exhibits, fundraisers, and more.

The staff also maintains a year-long schedule of workshops and educational opportunities for children, including Mommy and Me! (ages 3 – 4), Saturday Art Adventures (ages 5 – 7 and 8 – 12), Girl Scouts, and Summer Kids Art. Check their website before you plan your visit to learn more about dates and times and prices for classes.

The museum’s structure, essentially a beach house, also has a long history dating back to when it was built in 1924. The building was bought and sold and relocated over the years, finally ending up on the property where it currently sits nestled in among live oaks just a stone’s throw from the ocean.

With free admission and world-class exhibits, the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach is definitely bright spot in area’s cultural landscape.

Q Admission & Hours

Free…every day for everyone!

Admission to our exhibitions is free every day, thanks to the generosity of Art Museum visitors, members and sponsors, including Newman’s Own Foundation, the City of Myrtle Beach and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Your donation when you visit will help continue this open-door policy for all.

Talks, events and classes may require reservations and fees.

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 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Q Policies

Observing these standard museum policies will help us maintain a safe, courteous environment for all our visitors and for the art.

Never touch the artwork or exhibit structures unless there is signage indicating you may do so.
Keep a safe distance from the artwork.
Refrain from carrying backpacks, large bags and umbrellas. Instead make arrangements for these items at the Front Desk.
Be sensitive to other visitors when conversing.
Supervise children at all times.
Keep food and drink out of the galleries. Instead enjoy refreshments on the Carolyn Burroughs Tea Porch.
Have cell phones on silence. Do not have cell-phone conversations in the galleries; when conversing by phone in other Art Museum areas be mindful of visitors. Free WiFi is available; check at the Front Desk for the password.
Photography without flash is permitted in the Museum galleries unless otherwise noted. Keep in mind that all artwork is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without permission from the artist. Videotaping and tripods are prohibited, unless being used by pre-approved media personnel. Selfie sticks are prohibited. We’d love to see photos from your visit on our social media outlets.
Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only; no ink or paint). We can loan you a clipboard at our Front Desk. Do not use the floors, walls or pedestals as support for sketching; you may request a chair at our Front Desk.
Observe the no-smoking policy. The Art Museum is entirely smoke-free. Do not smoke under the building or on any of the exterior stairs.

Q Family Visits

The Art Museum is a great place for you and your family to explore new works of art, spark creativity through imagination, encourage curiosity and promote critical thinking skills.


Before your visit to the Art Museum, please read the Pre and Post Field Trip Activities (under School Programs/Field Trips) to help make your family visits are fun and educational. This guide is designed for school groups and organizations but can be easily adjusted for your family visit.


LOOK CLOSELY at the artwork, without touching. Discover the lines, shapes and colors the artists have used.

ASK EACH OTHER QUESTIONS! What do you see? What is your favorite part? Does the artwork remind you of anything?

SKETCH WHAT YOU SEE OR FEEL using paper and pencils. If you did not bring your own sketching materials, you can borrow ours. Just ask the front desk receptionist.

I SPY is always a great game to play with your family while touring through the galleries. This also helps discover things that we may overlook upon the first glance.

Q Facilities

Museum facilities consist of the following:

Seven first-floor galleries featuring rotating exhibitions
Four second-floor galleries including the Grace Martin Matlock Education Galleries, also featuring rotating exhibitions
The Margaret Bryant Reception Gallery with baby grand piano; used for exhibitions, receptions, concerts, lectures, and demonstrations
The Art Studio, classroom space used for children, adult and family workshops
The Simeon Chapin Art Resource Library with an array of art books and art periodicals for study and enjoyment; checkout not available
The Carolyn Burroughs Tea Porch, an enclosed space with tables for relaxing while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. An assortment of traditional and herbal teas is offered along with a variety of cookies
The Museum Shop with delightful gifts for art lovers of all ages
Free WiFi throughout the Art Museum
Restrooms on both floors; diaper-changing table first-floor women's restroom

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