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York County Museums to Explore

Updated: 3 days ago

York County is home to a diverse array of museums, offering something for everyone. Whether you're interested in children's exhibits or natural history, there's a wealth of knowledge to explore.


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Fort Mill History Museum

Address / 107 Clebourne St, Fort Mill, SC 29715

The Fort Mill History Museum, established as a non-profit on October 26, 2010, preserves the rich history of Fort Mill through exhibits and stories from diverse community members. Featuring artworks in the Samuel E. White Gallery, the museum showcases the town's history from the 1600s to today. As it grows, the museum adds significant dates, events, and oral histories, inviting visitors to connect with and celebrate Fort Mill's past.


Visit their website to discover upcoming events, purchase walking tour tickets, and more. The museum offers free admission and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.


Address / 4621 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732

Discover the natural wonders at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Featuring award-winning exhibitions and over 2,000 specimens, the Naturalist Center offers hands-on exploration of natural history. Journey back in time with Ice Age Carolinas, or travel the cosmos in the Settlemyre Planetarium. Young visitors will enjoy Tot Town, while outdoor educational gardens, a Nature Trail, and picnic areas provide additional experiences. Opened in 1950, the museum continues to offer cultural enrichment for all ages.


Visit their website for more information and upcoming events. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm, with admission ranging from $5 to $8.


Address / 133 E Main St, Rock Hill, SC 29730

The Main Street Children’s Museum draws inspiration from artist Vernon Grant’s work, turning nursery rhymes like Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater and Simple Simon into engaging, life-size, three-dimensional play spaces for children from birth to six. This imaginative setting fosters creativity and curiosity through interactive play.


The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, offering play sessions from 9am to 11:30am and from 1pm to 3:30pm. General admission is $6, with free entry for children under one year old.


Address / 214 S Elizabeth Ln, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Experience Rock Hill Fire Department history while having fun in this interactive children's learning center!The Rock Hill Fire Department Museum was designed and built by local firefighters with fundraising events, donations, and grants in an effort to provide a free learning destination for family members and citizens of all ages.


They strive to create a museum that not only preserves, celebrates, and learns from fire department history but also provides current fire prevention and safety education in a hands on environment.


The Museum includes trucks, equipment, photos and documentation from their beginning to today's efforts to protect the citizens of Rock Hill.


Open 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday by reservation only. Book online or call 803-329-7220 for more information.


Address / 212 E Jefferson St, York, SC 29745

The McCelvey Center, originally the Yorkville Female College founded in 1852, is a historic cultural hub in York County. It includes the Historical Center of York County, the Southern Revolutionary War Institute, and the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater. Renowned for its outstanding acoustics, the theater hosts the annual Southern Sound Series, celebrating Carolina Piedmont's heritage through performing arts.


Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm with free admission, the McCelvey Center provides a quality venue for community enrichment.


Address / 1536 Tom Steven Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

The Catawba Indian Nation is the only federally recognized tribe in South Carolina, with modern-day tribal lands located in York County. Having lived along the Catawba River for over 6,000 years, their rich culture and history continue to thrive today.


The Catawba Cultural Center offers an interactive exploration of their heritage, featuring exhibits, walking trails, and an artisan shop with pottery and jewelry by native artisans. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm.


Address / 117 Elk Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730

The Comporium Telephone Museum, situated in downtown Rock Hill, offers a fascinating journey into the past, highlighting life before the inventions of wireline and wireless telecommunications, high-speed Internet, security systems, and cable TV. The museum narrates the origins of the Rock Hill Telephone Company, now known as Comporium.


Admission to the museum is always free, and it is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.


Address / 1444 Brattonsville Rd, McConnells, SC 29726

Historic Brattonsville showcases the history of Scots-Irish and African-Americans in South Carolina's upcountry with over 30 preserved structures from the 1760s to the late 19th century. Visitors can explore Southern culture, farming, cooking, and entertainment through interpreters in period clothing. The site includes the American Revolutionary War battlefield of Huck’s Defeat and the exhibit “Liberty & Resistance: Reconstruction and the African-American Community at Brattonsville, 1865-1877.”


Open year-round, Historic Brattonsville is available Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Be on the lookout for upcoming events via their website!

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