"Daddy is smiling," said Kay Grant Martin after walking through the new Main Street Children's Museum during a sneak peek for donors.
Martin is the daughter of late local artist Vernon Grant, whose drawings and paintings inspired the setting of the new museum on East Main Street in Rock Hill.
"Right now, there are girls running around in their costumes and having a marvelous time," Martin said. "And that's exactly what (the museum) is supposed to do."
A few leaders of national museum organizations who were guests at a donor party agreed.
"In a facility like this, children have a chance to use their imagination and think creatively so they can construct the world around them," said Harold Closter, the director of the Smithsonian Affiliations, made up of 165 nationwide museums including York County's Culture and Heritage Museums.