Museum of York County

Explore the Carolina Piedmont and its connections to the world at the Museum of York County!

With more than 2,000 specimens at your fingertips, The Naturalist Center will guide your learning adventures. In the Settlemyre Planetarium, travel the cosmos from the comfort of your seat with state-of-the-art digital projection and new programs. Tot Town, a playful learning space awaits our youngest visitors, while the Vernon Grant Gallery features changing exhibitions for the young and young-at-heart. Don’t miss award-winning exhibitions and programs exploring a variety of natural history topics.  

The Museum Gift Shop offers items of interest for all ages. A picnic area and Nature Trail offer outdoor experiences.  

On View at the Museum of York County:

Naturalist Center

The only Smithsonian-styled education center in South Carolina, with more than 2,000 specimens at your fingertips, will guide your learning adventures from the Piedmont and across the globe. 

Carolina Piedmont Hall's Landscapes and Lifeways: The Carolina Piedmont 600 Years Ago and Today

Compare the present landscape with the Piedmont of the 1400s, before European exploration and settlement.

Elephant Hall

African animals provide unique learning opportunities. See an elephant, rhinoceros, lions and more in naturalistic settings. View comparisons of antlers and horns and learn about predator-prey relationships.

Settlemyre Planetarium

Let this state-of-the-art theater, featuring the region’s only fulldome digital projection technology and a surround-sound system, transport you from the Carolinas to any point in space and time including beyond the planet Earth.

Vernon Grant Gallery & Tot Town

Based on the imaginative artwork of nationally-known illustrator and long-time Rock Hill resident, a playful learning space awaits our youngest visitors in Tot Town while the adjacent gallery features changing exhibitions for young and the young-at-heart.   

Museum Store

Offering items of interest for all ages including children’s plush animals, books, nature and astronomy-related gifts as well as a selection of handmade crafts and specialty foods from the Carolinas. No admission required to visit the gift shop.

Nature Trail

Explore the sights and sounds of a Piedmont forest and creek along our ¾ mile loop trail. Be on the lookout for native trees, seasonal wildflowers and resident wildlife such as birds, reptiles and insects. Pause at the edge of Big Dutchman’s Creek or bring a lunch to enjoy in our shaded picnic area.