Frequently Asked Questions

1Is there an admission fee?
There is not an admission fee to visit the Horry County Museum. We do accept donations from the public that are used to enhance our exhibits and programs. There is a donation box in the museum for small donation or you can make large donations to the Museum Foundation.
2What are your hours of operation?
Tuesday through Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
3How do I arrange a tour?
Contact us to schedule a tour. We welcome large or small groups and schools.
4Do you do appraisals?
The Horry County Museum is not in the business of appraisals. Objects in our collection are conserved and preserved for display regardless of monetary value. If you have an appraisal question we suggest that you contact a certified appraiser to help you put a value on your collection.
5How do I get a copy of an image from your collection?
If you see an image on display at the museum or part of our collection copies can be made for personal use or use in publications. There are fees for this service however. If you have an interest in our collection contact us.
6Can you help me with genealogical research?
The museum does not have resources available for genealogical research. The Horry County Historical Society would be the best source for your research needs. The S.C. Department of Archives and History also has a wealth of information for the public to research.
7Are you part of the Historical Society?
The Horry County Museum and the Horry County Historical Society are separate organizations. The Historical Society is a private organization that records and publishes local history.
8How do I become a volunteer?
We have many opportunities for someone with interests in the Museum to participate. The Museum Friends is a support organization that is involved with programs at the Museum and volunteer projects. The Museum Foundation is a fundraising branch of the Museum and is forefront in raising money for the new Museum Project. However, you do not have to be part of either group to help out. If you have the desire to participate in the museum programs or projects you can contact us. 
9What kind of collections does the Museum have?
The Horry County Museum has a mission to preserve, protect, and educate the public about the Prehistory, History, and Natural History of Horry County. Our collections represent this mission. We have collections that relate to many subjects that represent the diversity of Horry County. Native Americans, agriculture, naval stores, textiles, natural history, photographs, and archives are a few of the collection subjects we maintain. To find out more about our collections contact us
10How do I make a financial contribution to the Horry County Museum?
Monetary donations to the Horry County Museum would be directed through the Museum Foundation.
11How do I donate an artifact, photograph, or document to the Museum collection?
If you have an interest in donating an artifact to the Museum you should contact our curator. The Museum mission statement to preserve the “history, natural history, and prehistory of Horry County” limits our scope of interest in outside artifacts. Storage and funding issues also contribute to the limitations of our collection. We are primarily interested in artifacts from Horry County and in many cases have to turn down objects from outside of the area. However, the Museum is always interested in acquiring different items to help present an exhibit to its greatest potential and preserve the history of the object. Feel free to contact us with any questions about donations possibilities.
12Do you purchase artifacts?
The Museum rarely purchases artifacts. The uniqueness, historical significance, provenance, and cost must all be just right for the Museum to justify purchasing and object.