Schiele Museum of Natural History

Gastonia, NC

Where are we going?

Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E Garrison Blvd
NC 28054

704 866 6900

What is there to do?

We hope you are ready for an adventure, because the Schiele Museum of Natural History is a whopping 60,000 sq ft inside and get this, nearly three-quarters of a mile long! 

So grab those sense of adventures because we're going exploring!

There is SO much to see within the indoor AND outdoor exhibits of this popular natural history museum. Whether it's historic fun, dinosaurs, nature or wildlife, there is something for you!

Kids can take a step back in time with a visit to the 18th Century Backcountry Farm. Experience the way of life of the settlers with living history presentations in period buildings, and seasonal interpretations complete with hogs, sheep and chickens!

Want to go back in time even further? Visit the Stone Age Heritage Site where you can see how our ancestors were the cutting edge of technology. The family can walk among the stone circles, the earthen burial mound, and even petroglyphs that give an insightful glimpse into our past.

Want to travel back even FURTHER? Yes, we're off to the age of the dinosaurs! The Schiele Museum of Natural History has full-bodied models of these incredible creatures that have captured the imaginations of so many. There are dino fossil specimens, hands-on exploration in the lab, and find out how scientists unearth stories from all those years ago!

Explore nature on the near mile nature trail, or learn all about fascinating history of the American Indians.  There is local North Carolina natural history to explore, as well as the amazing wildlife of North America!

There are a combination of permanent and travelling exhibits ideal for reinforcing the founding principles of knowledge in repeat visits whilst maintaining that sense of excitement.

Don't miss a visit to the Planetarium too, with shows that allow you to explore and learn about the wonders of the Universe!

A fascinating day out in Gastonia, where the marvels of natural history can excite, fascinate the educate the whole family, so let's get exploring!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $7. $5 for Planetarium

Children: $6 (Ages 3-17) $5 for Planetarium

Discount: Students, seniors, Active Military, AAA receive discounts. Free for members

Free Under: 3 years.


Need a little extra help?

All of the museum's indoor exhibits are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the museum can be reached by using an accessibility ramp.


When can we go?

9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, then 1pm - 5pm Sunday

Open year round but closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.


Any top tips?

Keep an eye out for fun events they host across the year including Harvest Day, animal meet and greets and more! Check on their online calendar for the listings! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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