Museum of York County

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

Explore the wild wonders of nature with our award-winning exhibitions and programs that explore a variety of natural history topics. With more than 2,000 specimens at your fingertips, the Naturalist Center allows visitors to explore their interests hands-on. Experience a journey back in time to encounter the strange, gigantic, fierce, and fantastic beasts that once roamed the Carolinas in Ice Age Carolinas: Exploring Our Pleistocene Past. In the Settlemyre Planetarium, travel the cosmos from the comfort of your seat with state-of-the-art digital projection and new programs. A playful learning space awaits our youngest visitors in Tot Town. Educational gardens, a Nature Trail, and a picnic area offer outdoor experiences. 

On View at the Museum of York County

Changing Exhibits:

Decomposers Glow

Decomposers Glow is an awe-inspiring exhibition of illuminated snails and mushrooms by artist Meredith Connelly. A curving path leads visitors through the gallery to observe this collection of over one hundred hand-constructed and 3D-printed sculptures. These works seamlessly integrate nature, art, and technology into a unique and memorable experience. 

Know Your Nature

An interactive, nature-themed exhibit. Packed with fun, hands-on activities, the exhibit highlights ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate, and experience the natural world around us. Learning is an adventure as you explore the wildlife of the Carolina Piedmont – climb a rock outcropping and explore the hidden nooks and crannies of trees, rocks, and streams.

Nature Nook Gallery featuring Endless Trail

This exhibit features the natural settings of the Carolina Piedmont and beyond, through Mike Hammer’s photography, capturing the uniquely beautiful moments of each season.

Vernon Grant Gallery featuring Return to Earth

Return to Earth features works by artists Meredith Connelly and Mike Hammer that depict the importance of decomposers in the natural world. Mushrooms and other fungi, as well as bacteria play a vital role in the breakdown of plants and animals and the recycling of nutrients in ecosystems. A variety of images and artful renderings bring a fresh perspective to the world of decomposition.

Permanent Exhibits:

Naturalist Center

The only Smithsonian-styled education center in South Carolina, with more than 2,400 specimens at your fingertips, will guide your learning adventures from the Piedmont and across the globe. 

Ice Age Carolinas: Exploring Our Pleistocene Past

Experience a journey back in time to encounter the strange, gigantic, fierce, and fantastic beasts that once roamed the Carolinas! Featuring life-sized models, taxidermy mounts, diorama and habitat settings, fossils, interactives, and interpretive displays, Ice Age Carolinas portrays the Carolinas’ prehistoric landscapes and wildlife during the Pleistocene Epoch from 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago. See, touch, and learn about fossils and the fossil sites in South Carolina that helped paleontologists piece together this fascinating story.

*This exhibit is temporarily closed for repairs.

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

Spy on the creatures that only come out at night.  Compare the present landscape with the Piedmont of the 1400s, before European exploration and settlement – when bison roamed around the river’s edge and humans fashioned tools of wood and stone.

Tot Town

Based on the imaginative artwork of nationally-known illustrator and long-time Rock Hill resident Vernon Grant, a playful learning space awaits our youngest visitors in Tot Town!