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Tourism and the local arts community enjoy a close partnership. Visitors looking for an art-inspired experience are delighted to find a vast array of arts and culture amidst the Grand Strand, including:

  • Brookgreen Gardens, the world’s largest outdoor sculpture garden
  • Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum, filled with artistic treasures just feet from the serene shores of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Long Bay Symphony, an extraordinary symphonic assembly that delights audiences throughout the year
  • Theater of the Republic, a talented group of actors and actresses who perform well-known productions throughout the year

The Myrtle Beach area is home to a number of historical museums, art galleries, beautifully landscaped gardens, talented theater troupes and a broad range of musical offerings. The symphony presents classical works, pops and youth programs while community theater groups stage musicals, dramas and comedies. Among Myrtle Beach's fine arts offerings are several art galleries featuring rotating world-class exhibits by nationally renowned artists. Museums rich in history showcase collectibles from the plantation era of cotton, rice and lumber and the memorable Civil War years. Go to for more information on history, arts and culture.

Of course, the area is home to seven live performance theaters offering world-class entertainment throughout the year. In 1986, Calvin Gilmore opened The Carolina Opry, a live-entertainment show that gave visitors a unique entertainment alternative during the evenings. Today, Grand Strand visitors can choose from a variety of live theater shows and dinner shows as a part of their vacation experience. Throughout the year, our mild weather makes us an ideal location for crowd-pleasing festivals.

The festivals and events calendar is filled with entertaining programs celebrating arts, music, crafts and dance. Plus check out the calendar of events for the most current list and visit and celebrate the visual and performing arts in the Myrtle Beach area.

Local artists enjoy the opportunity to perform for tourists visiting the area. And, the arts community benefits through accommodations tax grants. These grants are funded with proceeds from taxes collected by hotels and vacation rentals.

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