Museum of York County

This museum highlights the natural history of the Carolina Piedmont and its connections with the rest of the world. The permanent exhibit’s dioramas depict Piedmont landscapes as they were 600 years ago, and wildlife like bison, elk, and deer. Other displays show how native people lived off the land and its natural resources. In addition to guided tours, students can have a hands-on lab class. These classes give them ways of learning about animal characteristics, Earth materials, and geology. This museum also features the artwork of Vernon Grant, illustrator; planetarium shows; and the Tot Town play area. Scout programs available.
Contact Info 
Address: 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732. York County. Tel: 803-981-9182. Email: Website: Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: PreK-8th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.