When you think of North Myrtle Beach, we’re sure you picture sunny afternoons in the sand or a day on the golf course. While these are star attractions, our beloved city has more than meets the eye. North Myrtle Beach is a treasure trove of fascinating stories and historical landmarks that have been curated over the past 55 years. The North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum offers guests the opportunity to uncover the hidden gems of our city’s past through a collection of artifacts, vintage photographs, and immersive displays. The museum, which has been recently remodeled, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to the public, but donations are greatly appreciated.
History of North Myrtle Beach
Step back in time and discover the fascinating story of how North Myrtle Beach transformed from four separate into the beach lover's paradise it is today! Guests can view photos of early life in North Myrtle Beach and read about our history dating all the way back to early evidence of local Native Americans in the Little River Neck. While you stroll through the exhibit, keep your eyes peeled for historical uniforms from our servicemen and watch as they change over time. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate glimpses of local golf courses dating back to 1960, highlighting their enduring presence and contribution to the region's recreational landscape.
Shells, Turtles, and Gators, Oh my!
The museum is a fantastic place to learn more about different “locals” that can be found in and around North Myrtle Beach. Visitors can learn about gators, fish, sea turtles, and other fascinating animals. The museum has also partnered with the NMB Sea Turtle Patrol to provide an important exhibit on the sea turtle's life cycle and how you can contribute to protecting these endangered species. Seasonally, the museum offers a “Turtle Talks” enrichment series, which gives in-depth information on how you can play a part in preserving the sea turtle. Check out our calendar of events to stay up to date on class offerings. Make sure to visit the "Seashells of the Carolinas" exhibit, where you can learn about the different seashells that can be found on our beautiful beaches. And if you're up for a challenge, try your hand at our seashell scavenger hunt while you're in town.
Bust a Move
If you’re in the mood to groove, the museum is an ideal spot to learn about all things shag. This main-attraction exhibit tells the tale of the South Carolina Official State Dance and its birthplace in Ocean Drive. Here you can view shagger memorabilia, including shag shoes, historical photos, a jukebox, and more. Throughout the exhibit, guests can learn about how the shag originated from the jitterbug, its evolution into the dance it is today, and even how the first S.O.S. Shag Festival came to be.
Activities, Collectibles, and More!
From Vanna White memorabilia to an interactive scavenger hunt, there’s something to pique everyone's interest at the museum. On your way out, pick up some authentic NMB swag like antique postcards, local art, fine china, or a free seashell to commemorate your visit.
There’s so much more to discover at the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum. Stop by today and #ExploreNMB and all its history.