Only Owls–After Hours

“Only Owls–After Hours” kicks off a new exhibit at the Museum of York County

ROCK HILL, SC – “Only Owls–After hours” is a special event that provides extended museum hours for families after work and school. On Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 5-8 p.m. the event kicks off the Museum of York County’s new exhibit “Only Owls.” “Only Owls-After Hours” will include a food truck and an evening of fun learning all about owls.

“Only Owls-After Hours” allows guests to explore the museums new exhibits and enjoy special owl-themed activities.  The Carolina Raptor Center will be on site with live owls for presentations at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.  Woodsy Owl, the U.S. National Forest Service’s mascot, will be making a guest appearance and sharing the wisdom of land stewardship. The Settlemyre Planetarium will feature “Perseus and Andromeda” at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Gardner’s BBQ food truck will be on site from 4-7 p.m. for “Only Owl-After Hours.” Families can dine in the museum’s lighted picnic area. A percentage of the food sales will benefit the museum. The Museum Store is already well stocked with adorable owl-themed merchandise and will be open during the event.


The Museum of York County’s new exhibit “Only Owls” runs from Nov. 7-Feb. 28, 2016 in the museum’s Springs Gallery. “Only Owls” explores the fascinating and mysterious world of owls. Showcasing the artwork of over 30 artists, the exhibit features two-dimensional works created in pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. The artists’ renderings capture the intriguing nature and distinctive characteristics of 16 species of owls from around the world. Complementing the artwork, which is a traveling exhibit from the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, “Only Owls” includes an assortment of mounted owls from the Museum of York County’s natural history collection. The three-dimensional component includes the Carolina Piedmont’s Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Screech Owl, and Barn Owl. “Only Owls” also provides interactive engagement to explore the unique adaptations and life ways of owls.


In conjunction with the “Only Owls” exhibit and reflecting the natural habitat of owls, the Museum of York County will feature “Carolina Landscapes” - a collection of large-scale realistic paintings by Al Beyer. “Carolina Landscapes” is an exhibit of realistic oil paintings that encompass the viewer in both their scale and detail - the largest painting is up to seven feet long. “Carolina Landscapes” captures the dynamic composition and rich nuances of light, color, and pattern found in regional woodland settings. Beyer, a professor of Art at the University of South Carolina Aiken since 1981, has earned many prestigious awards for his paintings, which have been exhibited widely across the country and are included in public and private art collections. Sponsored by Frank and Sallie Pullano, “Carolina Landscapes - Paintings by Al Beyer” will be on exhibit in the Museum of York County’s Nature Nook Gallery.


“Only Owls-After Hours” is free with museum admission on Nov. 10 from 5-8 p.m.

“Only Owls” will be on exhibit from Nov. 7-Feb. 28, 2016.

“Carolina Landscapes - Paintings by Al Beyer” will be on exhibit Oct. 31–Feb. 28, 2016.


Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 Youth, FREE to CHM members & ages 3 & younger

The Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Rd. Rock Hill, SC 29732.

For more information call 803/329-2121 or visit