For Immediate Release: Sept. 5, 2023

Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

Geology Rocks! Family Day at Museum of York County on Sept. 23

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Have a ‘gneiss’ day at “Geology Rocks! Family Day” at the Museum of York County. Drop-in programs highlight the world of geology. Explore fossils, birthstones, and glowing minerals. Observe flint knapping with Thomas Ray. The museum’s Naturalist Center has an abundant collection of rocks and minerals for hands-on learning. Bring in your favorite rocks to be identified by expert geologists. “Did an Asteroid really Kill the Dinosaurs?” is the featured planetarium show.

Dirt Dauber Deb’s Mobile Gem Mine will be on site for “Geo Rocks! Family Day” at the Museum of York County. Please note: Gem mining at Dirt Dauber Deb’s Mobile Gem Mine is covered for the first 100 miners with paid museum admission. Additional fees apply for upgraded buckets (paleo, large, etc.). There is a $10 minimum fee for Dirt Dauber Deb’s Mobile Gem Mine if paying with credit or debit cards. Cash is encouraged. After first 100 buckets, the visitor will pay the full price.

WHAT: Geology Rocks! Family Day

WHEN: September 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

TICKETS: Online Purchasing | Culture & Heritage Museums ( Online pre-registration encouraged; limited walk-up tickets available. 

PHONE: Visitors Services – 803.329.2121


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

As part of the Museums for All initiative, the Museum of York County provides reduced admission for low-income families; visit for more information.

Museum of York County is KultureCity® Certified and Sensory InclusiveTM. This new initiative promotes an accommodating and positive experience for all visitors with a sensory issue, no matter their age or ability. KultureCity® Sensory Bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and KCVIP lanyards are now available to visitors at Museum of York County, Main Street Children’s Museum, and Historic Brattonsville.


  1. The Museum of York County’s Naturalist Center has an abundant collection of rocks and minerals for hands-on learning.
  2. A group of young learners explore the world of geology at the Museum of York County.

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

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 and Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. 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.” 

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