Until it can find a permanent home in downtown Myrtle Beach, the children’s museum EdVenture will operate in a 4,500 square foot location at The Market Common.
EdVenture officials said they expect to be at The Market Common for about three years. The Columbia-based museum hopes to eventually open its coastal location in a revitalized “Superblock” in downtown Myrtle Beach.
“Our ultimate goal is to be part of this big revitalization that’s happening in downtown Myrtle Beach. We understand that this project is likely going to take a while for it to happen,” Interim Chief Operating Officer Meredith Timberlake said. “In the interim, we decided we needed a temporary space and we’re very grateful to The Market Common for having a space for us to continue to be committed to our mission while we await the future project to happen.”
EdVenture expects to open its The Market Common location by early March 2019 with new branding and a new name.
“I think that this is really such an awesome opportunity not only for us to look at it as a facelift with some new exhibits, a new space, but also to finally put the EdVenture Myrtle Beach on it,” she said. Despite EdVenture merging with the Children’s Museum of South Carolina last year, the previous building still had the Children’s Museum of South Carolina name on it.
“We’re a children’s museum. We’re creative. We can’t wait to get in there and make it an amazing space,” Timberlake said.
The Market Common museum will have a similar flight and space exhibit that EdVenture has at its Columbia museum. Timberlake said EdVenture is grateful The Market Common was able to offer the space needed for the museum.
“They’re allowing us to maintain our visibility in the community and perhaps enhance it by being in The Market Common complex,” she said. “So that’s a bonus for us. It’s a bonus for them. It allows us to be committed to our mission to continue to do that by serving families and educating children through play and hands-on experiences.”
EdVenture is a locally managed, not-for-profit informal educational institution dedicated to lifelong learning through its interactive exhibit space and in its educational outreach programs and afterschool programs.
The Market Common is an outdoor lifestyle center with over 40 shops and services, 11 restaurants, Grand 14 Cinema and 810 Billiards & Bowling. The 114-acre property features master planned communities, a town center, and 195 apartments located above the shops and restaurants.