1415 J.K. Powell Blvd
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: (910) 641-0644
Fax: (910) 641-3715
Arts & Museums
Exploration Station is a museum for children and boasts 12 hands-on exhibits. With charming doll houses, intriguing pirate ships and make-believe grocery stores, kids can play and learn at the same time.
The Ingram Planetarium is located north of the border in North Carolina (Sunset Beach to be exact), however if you absolutely need to visit a science museum while in the Myrtle Beach area, Ingram is one of the best. Some of the exhibits include the Planetarium of course, the Sky Theater and the Paul Dennis Science Hall which contains an augmented reality room. During the summer, the planetarium hosts programs every day of the week, 'To the Moon Thursdays' and the 'Size of Space' on Fridays are just a couple of examples. For more information on other events like laser music shows, check out the website for calendar.
This museum, run in conjunction with the Ingram Planetarium, is over the border from Myrtle Beach, but worth the trip if you enjoy natural history and science. It features exhibits on Atlantic coastal sea life like sharks, insects and snakes as well as informative ones like tide flows and the peril of litter on beaches. Each exhibit has a different theme, with names like Sea Shore, Ocean Reef, Barrier Island and Coastal Plain, that represent their ecology, respectively. For more information on events and collections, contact the museum or check website for calendar.
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.
Burgwin-Wright House is an old classic structure that is now transformed into a museum. It houses objects and artifacts that take you into the bygone era.
The history of Bellamy Mansion Museum can be traced back to the later half of the 1800s when it was built for the Bellamy family. Built in the Civil War period, this mansions speaks about the architecture and history of that era. Spread across 10,000 square foot (929.03 square meters), this magnificent architecture is surrounded by beautifully designed lush green gardens to tour at. Bellamy Mansion Museum also offers services for being a venue for your private and special events, and is a popular wedding and corporate event location. Visit their website for more information.
Founded in 1898, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is a melange of culture, history and science. With each passing year, it achieves further success and scales new heights. What started off as a one-room establishment has now culminated into a renowned organization with almost 50,000 objects on display. The museum does not restrict itself on merely showcasing collections, but also directs efforts towards study of the objects and enhancing the knowledge of its visitors. The institute also hosts exhibitions, study programs and other events on a regular basis. For more details, check website.
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.
Known as St. John’s Museum of Art between 1964 and 2001, the Cameron Art Museum is now located inside the Pyramid Park that comes replete with woody nature trails, streams and lush forests. The permanent exhibits are deeply insightful of the history and culture of the region, and have been wonderfully preserved over the decades. Yoga, tai chi classes, puppet shows, readings, film screenings and recitals are a regular occurrence at this vibrant center that seeks to foster a love for the performing arts too. Check website for details.
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.