We've been anxiously awaiting the reopening of the Horry County Museum in its new home at the former Burroughs School building.

Well, the wait is over and all we can say is the new facility is fantastic!

Stepping inside, one is immediately drawn to the beautiful winding staircase that leads up to the second floor. No, that wasn't a part of the Burroughs School; it was custom built for the new location.

Museum director Walter Hill said this spectacular staircase was added because they wanted an attractive, unique walkway.

"We wanted to make every part of the museum an exhibit," he said.

And boy, did they succeed!

That's not the only reason to be excited. The exhibits are great, and really show the unique history of the Myrtle Beach area and Horry County as a whole. There's a wall honoring local veterans who served in World War I and World War II.

A personal favorite is a neat display of seashells from along the South Carolina coast.

Then there's a silver platter that was taken from the dining table of Adolf Hitler. The story is that platter was recovered by a soldier from Wampee. That just shows that a soldier from the Grand Strand literally had his hands on a piece of global history.

These are just a few of the wonderful displays available at the new Horry County Museum. We encourage everyone to get down to Conway and explore this local treasure.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This excludes all government holidays.