Captivating Cultural Experiences in Pawleys Island, SC

The best museums and art galleries near Pawleys Island offer captivating cultural experiences and opportunities for enrichment during your beach vacation. Make The Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort your home base for a memorable experience at the beach, and then plan a culturally enriching day with your family visiting any of these art galleries and museums within a short drive from your accommodations—you might even find an inspired souvenir or two to take home as a cultural keepsake of your trip.

Art in Pawleys Island, SC

Your suite at The Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in the charming southern town of Pawleys Island puts you near enriching options that offer respite from the heat inside the shops and galleries. Visit for an afternoon to peruse the art, or make a day of it when you stay for a scheduled event.

Island Art Gallery 

10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 / 843.314.0298

Explore a fine art collection that includes contemporary and traditional work created by more than two dozen artists in varied media. Island Art Gallery is located in the Village Shops and hosts classes and special events throughout the year. They’re open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 AM until 5 PM, and Saturdays until 4 PM.

Floyd Fine Arts

11096 Ocean Hwy #4, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 / 843.979.0149

Formerly known as the Cheryl Newby Gallery, Floyd Fine Arts exhibits the work of painters, sculptors, ceramists, and portrait artists. Shows rotate often, so check before you go to see what’s new. Many high-resolution prints are available for sale, along with gorgeous books penned by and about artists and their work. This gallery offers artwork appropriate for the novice and the seasoned collector. Business hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 AM until 5 PM, Saturdays until 2 PM, and by appointment.

Art in Georgetown, SC

A bit farther afield from The Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort lies historic Georgetown, South Carolina, about a 25-minute drive south. There are plenty of photo-worthy sights to take in along the Harborwalk in Georgetown, but adding these art galleries to the vacation itinerary will give you and your family a welcome cultural break.

Georgetown Art Gallery

705 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440 / 843.527.7711

Step inside this co-op gallery that stands “in the shadow of Georgetown’s iconic clock tower” and be transported to another world. The local artists who exhibit here capture the Lowcountry in diverse offerings that include photography and paintings. Visit Mondays through Saturdays from 10:30 AM until 5 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 until 4:30 PM.

Art Harbor Gallery

914 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440 / 843.608.9269

Art Harbor Gallery features contemporary fine art in a diverse collection by local and regional artists, working in a variety of media. Expand your horizons with artwork that pushes boundaries or even stirs controversy. If your vacation aligns with a scheduled workshop, enroll and learn to paint with a featured artist. Art Harbor is open Sundays and Mondays from 11 AM until 3 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM until 4 PM, and Tuesdays by appointment.

Art in Murrells Inlet, SC

Near Georgetown is historic Murrells Inlet, another captivating destination with plenty to do amid its natural beauty. Start the day with some cultural enrichment in this area convenient to your accommodations at The Litchfield Resort, and then finish at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk for access to appealing dining options for your family.

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 / 843.235.6000

Tucked within Murrells Inlet just over ten minutes from The Litchfield Resort, Brookgreen Gardens offers the visitor a sensorial smorgasbord with exhibits to appeal to every age. For cultural enrichment during your Pawleys Island vacation—and a break from the crowds at the beach—take in the American Sculpture collection, featuring “the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the country.” It’s a perfect resource for an extra-credit art project, or simply to enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon during your vacation. While you’re there, visit the Botanical Gardens or the Lowcountry Zoo, where you’ll find daily classes and programs; don’t leave without taking a spin through the gift shop. Admission to Brookgreen is $12 for children 4–12, $22 for kids and adults ages 13–64, and $20 for seniors 65 and over. Children 3 and under get in free. Hours are 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM every day.


Plan Your Pawleys Island Vacation Today!

Enjoy luxury accommodations at The Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. Make reservations now to receive 25% off your rental during our Unlimited Fun Summer Sale—there’s never been a better time to go to the beach!

Exterior of Coastal Dish Restaurant