Museum of York County
Explore the Carolina Piedmont and its connections to the world at the Museum of York County!
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Plan Your Visit
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. The Museum Store offers items of interest for all ages.
See what permanent and changing exhibits are currently on display at the Museum of York County.
Learn about the Carolina Skies and beyond the Milky Way with a variety of scientific shows!
With more than 2,000 specimens, learn about animals from the Piedmont and across the globe.
Nature Trail & Gardens
Explore the flora of the Carolina Piedmont with our garden and nature trail located behind the Museum.
The Museum of York County in Rock Hill, South Carolina, originally the Children’s Nature Museum of Rock Hill, opened in 1950 as a result of a community effort led by the Junior Welfare League, to create a cultural opportunity for area children. With the Stans African animal collection acquisition in the late 1950s, a larger space was necessary. The new building, which the museum now occupies, opened in 1965 and featured dioramas showcasing the African collection. In 1976 the Children’s Nature Museum of Rock Hill became the Museum of York County. The Settlemyre Planetarium opened at the Museum of York County in 1977. In 1978, the museum became repository for the Vernon Grant collection of illustration art by the originator of Snap!® Crackle!® Pop!®.
Citizen Science Photo Contest: Song Birds
May’s Citizen Science theme is song birds. Email your submissions to email@example.com. The best photos of the month may be featured in a fall exhibition.
Instead of a Saturday morning cartoon, tune in to learn about a plant or animal from the Carolinas and beyond. Join us on Facebook, Culture &Heritage Museums’ Youtube Channel, or TikTok on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Carolina Piedmont Seminar Series:
Plants of the Piedmont
Curious about the plants in your backyard? Join us for a seminar series where you will learn how to identify native, invasive, and endangered plant species of the Piedmont through nature walks and hands-on activities.
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