For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2021


Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums
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Culture & Heritage Museums’ sites reopen to public on June 4; admission procedures and schedules continue to vary

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Culture & Heritage Museums’ sites reopen its doors with new experiences and fresh ways to explore the cultural and natural history of the Carolina Piedmont. As the Center for Disease Control relaxes safety protocols, CHM welcomes the return of visitors to its physical sites. Before planning a visit, guests are encouraged to review up-to-date information for each site’s hours of operation and admission procedures on CHM’s website,, as schedules continue to vary.

What’s New
•            Museum of York County debuts its highly anticipated major permanent exhibition – “Ice Age Carolinas: Exploring Our Pleistocene Past.”
•            Main Street Children’s Museum officially reopens. Closed since Oct. 2018 due to catastrophic flooding, and after extensive renovations, a brand new playscape emerges.
•            Historic Brattonsville’s ongoing restoration and preservation work for its 18th and 19th century buildings has made significant headway.  And life on the farm never stops; check-in on the barnyard animals and in-season agricultural activities.


1. Museum of York County’s new major permanent exhibit – “Ice Age Carolinas: Exploring Our Pleistocene Past.” 2. Main Street Children’s Museum reopens with new playscape 3. Restoration work on Historic Brattonsville’s Brick House was completed in Jan. 2021. Photos courtesy of CHM. For high resolution images contact

Safety First

To ensure a safe educational experience for all, guests and staff are asked to follow guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. CHM visitation policies will be revised as new guidelines are issued; stay up-to-date on safety guidelines at CDC’s website.

Thanks to CHM members

Culture & Heritage Museams extends wholehearted appreciation to members who have continued to support the organization throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider becoming a CHM member; learn more about benefits and apply online at Culture & Heritage Museums’ website.

Virtual Programs

Although CHM sites physically closed in mid-March 2020, the museums continued to uphold its mission through an ongoing offering of virtual programs. An archive of educational virtual programs that preserve and communicate the cultural and natural history of the Carolina Piedmont is available for ongoing viewing on Culture & Heritage Museums YouTube Channel. Regular weekly virtual programs on the sites’ Facebook and Instagram pages include Time Travel Tuesdays, What’s Up in the Carolina Skies, and Wee Wednesdays. In addition, special in-house produced programs address an array of relevant interests. Look for ongoing virtual programs, including interactive Zoom webinars, at

About Culture & Heritage Museums of York County S.C.

Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums that includes the Museum of York County and Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill; Historic Brattonsville in McConnells; and the McCelvey Center, which includes the Lowry Family Theater, the Historical Center of York County, and the Southern Revolutionary War Institute, in York. Culture & Heritage Museums is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums; accreditation signifies “excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies and to the museum-going public.”