Everything You Need to Know About Horry County Museum

When you stay with Seaside Vacations in North Myrtle Beach, you’ll discover that it’s easy to fall in love with the area. From beautiful beaches and parks to museums and theaters, we have a little bit of everything here. If you’re hoping to learn more about the area, visit the Horry County Museum. Established in 1979, the museum focuses on the prehistory, history, and natural history of Horry County, where North Myrtle Beach is located. In 2009, the museum opened the L.W. Paul Living History Farm, a recreation of life on a one-horse family farm between 1900 to 1955. Both of these spots are a fun time for families and history buffs. And since there is no admission charge, this is easily one of the best free things in North Myrtle Beach! Here’s why we love the Horry County Museum.
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Explore the Horry County Museum

The Exhibits

The Horry County Museum features a wide range of exhibits detailing the history of the area, from wildlife to the Native Americans who lived here before European settlers. Visitors can also learn about Horry County’s role in the civil war as well as the history of our beautiful beaches. If you’re a fan of Tanked, you won’t want to miss the aquarium in the lobby. This 4,400-gallon freshwater tank was featured on the Animal Planet show and is now a living natural-history exhibit! It’s filled with a variety of freshwater fish that are found in our local rivers and lakes.

The Farm

Experience a different side of our area’s history at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm, just ten minutes away from the museum’s main building. Visitors to the farm will have the opportunity to experience the everyday life of an Horry County farm family living in the early 20th century. Find out what it was like to make lye soap, grind grits, cure meat, preserve vegetables, and maintain livestock. The farm changes seasonally, making it a perfect spot for repeat guests!


Horry County Museum has a ton of fantastic events happening every week. From movie screenings detailing South Carolina’s history to cooking demonstrations and educational lectures, there’s always something interesting to see. If you’re a fan of quilting, check out the Annual Quilt Gala in late February. This event began in 1994 and features hundred of quilts and quilted items as well as a marketplace selling fabrics and supplies. There are door prizes, raffles, lectures, and demonstrations, and awards are given to quilts with the most votes.

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After you’re done learning about the history of our wonderful area, return to one of our luxurious North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals! 
Looking for more local attractions? Check out our blog about the Franklin G. Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum!