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. In Tot Town, a playful learning space awaits our youngest visitors, while 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:

Changing Exhibits:

In the Dark • June 8 - September 7, 2019

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals.  This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and the unique animals and plants that adapt to areas with little to no light.  Visitors to In the Dark will learn about  the mysteries of nature after dark through dioramas, lifelike models, interactives, and graphics. A traveling exhibit organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center. 

Drawn to Light: Moths by Deborah Davis

At home in Charlottesville, Virginia, Deborah Davis describes herself as a painter, herbalist, and gardener. Fascinated by the extraordinary variety of moths that visit her garden at night, she began painting them about eight years ago. She portrays moths strikingly larger than life, revealing intricate patterns, colors, and features rarely observed by people in their casual encounters by porch lights. As nocturnal creatures, moths are inherently mysterious and intriguing to Deborah – on just about any warm night, she may be found hovering in the lure of the light, anticipating a new discovery and inspiration. Through her paintings, Deborah shares her appreciation for the beauty and diversity of moths – and hopes to instill a sense of awe and wonder among viewers. On view through September 22, 2019. 

Inspiring Creative Play: Vernon Grant & Main Street Children's Museum

This exhibit celebrates the artistic legacy of renowned American illustrator and longtime Rock Hill resident, Vernon Grant, whose artworks inspired Main Street Children's Museum and honor the fundamental importance of play and creativity in all our lives.

Know Your Nature

An interactive, nature-themed exhibit. Packed with fun, hands-on activities, the exhibit highlight 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.

Permanent Exhibits:

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.

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.

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!  

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. Geocaching policy.