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:

Vernon Grant’s Gnomes Of His Own 

This exhibition celebrates the gnomes that made Vernon Grant famous among retailers, advertisers, publishers, and American families from the 1930s through 1970s. From the Rice Krispies trio, “Snap, Crackle, and Pop,” to Santa’s little helpers, Grant’s gnomes helped to sell everything from cereal, chocolate, and custard to razors, batteries, light bulbs, and salt.  Their cheery smiles and playful charm delighted children and adults alike and still capture our hearts and imaginations. Featuring original and published artworks by Vernon Grant along with scenic interactives inspired by artwork on display.

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.


Nature Nook Gallery featuring “Citizen Science: Exploring Carolina Biodiversity”

Designed to encourage exploration, discovery, and documentation of the amazing biodiversity of the Carolinas, the Citizen Science project utilized the community-based initiative, to allow citizens to share their nature observations and discoveries. We hosted a photography contest from April to October 2021. The exhibit features the monthly winners and other outstanding photos contributed to the project and highlights the incredible biodiversity of the Carolinas as captured through the lenses of enthusiastic nature explorers. 

Permanent Exhibits:

Ice Age Entrance

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.    

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.