Landscapes and Lifeways: The Carolina Piedmont 600 Years Ago and Today

Landscapes and Lifeways: The Carolina Piedmont 600 Years Ago and Today Photo Permanent Exhibit

The Landscapes and Lifeways exhibit compares our contemporary Piedmont landscape with the Piedmont of 600 years ago. Two new dioramas show Carolina Piedmont landscapes and wildlife in the 1400s, before European exploration and settlement. View animals that once lived in the Piedmont (bison, cougar, elk and wolves) alongside species seen here today (deer, vultures, quail and heron). Discover how native peoples relied on the natural resources of the Carolina Piedmont – the river, trees, land, plants and wildlife – for their survival, and how they changed the landscape to support their ways of life.


Dinosaur Revolution Maze

Dinosaur Revolution Maze Photo “Dinosaur Revolution Maze” is an interactive maze that is mentally and physically engaging; the maze offers a fun, hands-on way to explore the fascinating prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Staged in the Museum of York County’s Springs Gallery and auditorium, the maze encompasses the 150 million years that dinosaurs ruled the Earth. “Dinosaur Revolution Maze” is a traveling exhibition produced by Minotaur Mazes of Seattle, Washington.

Providing a local connection, the Museum of York County will also present a selection of fossils, models and graphics highlighting dinosaurs that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont region. The museum’s dinosaur-themed itinerary features special planetarium shows, Wonderful Wednesday and Dino-mite Friday programs. New museum exhibitions include dinosaur art created by first graders at Mt. Gallant Elementary School and the museum’s new meteorite collection, which features a special loan from the Smithsonian Institution of a meteorite that fell near Spartanburg, SC in 1933. The Museum of York County’s “Dinosaur Revolution Maze” was made possible in part through a donation from Harry and ‘Becca Dalton.


Tot Town

Tot Town Photo Designed especially for creative play among young children (under 6) and their families, this gallery at the Museum of York County is inspired by the artwork of Vernon Grant. Located beside the Vernon Grant Art Gallery, Tot Town features many of Grant’s delightful nursery rhyme illustrations along with their traditional verses. Families are invited to explore the whimsical settings and enjoy fun activities that engage young minds and bodies. Have a tea party, dress up like a butterfly, put on a puppet show or share a book in the cloud nook. Playing is the real work of childhood – and helps children build brain, brawn and buddy power!