For Immediate Release: May 16, 2023

Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

Museum of York County’s new interactive summer exhibit is an adventure in early literacy

“Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™” opens on June 3 with special event – Storyland Family Day

ROCK HILL, S.C. — “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™” opens on Saturday, June 3 at the Museum of York County. The traveling exhibit, created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, provides children and their caregivers storybook-based interactive experiences that promote literacy. “Storyland” transforms children’s book classics into three-dimensional play with a bilingual (English/Spanish) learning environment.

Explore seven classic children’s stories through this interactive exhibit:

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter

“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

“Where’s Spot?” by Eric Hill

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff

“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

“Abuela” by Arthur Dorros

“Tuesday” by David Wiesner

“Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™” opens at the Museum of York County with a special event – “Storyland Family Day” on Saturday, June 3.

Along with the exhibit’s larger-than-life storybook playscape, Storyland Family Day at Museum of York County offers make-and-take crafts, a visit from the Bookmobile, outdoor activities, special story times, and concessions. The opening day event explores the real animals that have inspired classic children’s books that feature animal characters. The featured planetarium show, “Max Goes to the Moon,” runs every 45 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m.

Early Learning Partnership Book Drive — Museum of York County is accepting new and gently used children’s books; drop-off your donations anytime over the summer during museum hours.

WHAT:   Storyland Family Day opening event

WHERE: Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Rd., Rock Hill, S.C. 29732

WHEN:   Storyland Family Day — June 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The exhibit, “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™” runs June 3- Sept. 3, 2023

PHONE: Visitors Services – 803.329.2121

TICKETS: Online pre-registration encouraged:  — Limited walk-up tickets available.

The event will have timed-entry ticketing. Guests should plan to check-in at the time listed on their ticket. ADMISSION: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children, members & 3 and under are free

All programs subject to change; please check the website for updates:

IMAGES:                 1. “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™” is an interactive exhibit that focuses on early literacy. Sit next to Mouse on a gigantic replica of Super Beauty Powder box as illustrated in IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE © 2000 by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Image courtesy of Minnesota Children’s Museum.

2. The exterior of Museum of York County. Image courtesy of Culture & Heritage Museums.

                                  Contact Marie Cheek for high resolution images —

“Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™” is presented by Target, with support from the State of Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Promotional support provided by Star Tribune.

© 2023 Minnesota Children’s Museum. All rights reserved. Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About Minnesota Children’s Museum :

Minnesota Children’s Museum is a non-profit community organization committed to sparking children’s learning through play. Infants ages six months through children age 10 discover their world through hands-on exhibits in five permanent galleries and two changing gallery spaces. The Museum welcomes more than 400,000 adults and children each year; approximately 30% of those visitors enter the Museum through the Access program, which provides free and reduced-price admission to families and schools facing financial barriers. Each year, The Museum also equips approximately 1,500 early childhood educators with tools and knowledge through professional development workshops.

Museum of York County Fast Facts:

“Ice Age Carolinas: Exploring Our Pleistocene Past” — Museum of York County’s major permanent exhibit is a journey-back-in-time experience. Encounter the strange, gigantic, and fantastic beasts that once roamed the Carolinas. Featuring life-size 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.

Museum of York County’s planetarium shows and exhibits are free with general admission.

Reserve online tickets for your visit:

All visitors are encouraged to check the website  for up-to-date information and potential changes in operational hours, admission procedures, and programs.

Museum of York County’s General Hours of Operation:

Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays:  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Mondays & Holidays: Closed.

For groups, program registration or other information, contact or call 803.981.9182

As part of the Museums for All initiative, Museum of York County offers year-round access with reduced rates for low-income families; visit for more information.

Become a Culture & Heritage Museums member:.

Get free general admission to Museum of York County, Main Street Children’s Museum and Historic Brattonsville and enjoy member-exclusive events. Members get early access to select ticketed events and more. Consider becoming a Culture & Heritage Museums member or give the gift of membership; learn more about membership benefits and apply online at CHM membership.

About Museum of York County:

The Museum of York County highlights the natural history of the Carolina Piedmont and its connections to the rest of the world. The Naturalist Center, with over 2,500 natural history specimens, provides hands-on opportunities for self-guided discovery and educational programs. The Settlemyre Planetarium presents a changing array of full-dome digital planetarium shows. The Museum Store has a selection of local handmade pottery and goods, locally produced food products, and nature-themed gifts. Outside, the museum has a picnic facility, a three-quarter mile nature trail and a Monarch Waystation.

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.”