Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Dr. V. Ann Tippitt
Primary Contact Name
Schiele Museum
Main Address

1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
United States

What We Do

The Schiele Museum of Natural History is committed to providing visitors with experiences that inspire curiosity about science and the natural world. The Schiele’s exceptional museum exhibits include dinosaur fossils, wildlife displays, gems and minerals, American Indian artifacts, and live animals.

Many of our animals come to us from rehabilitation facilities and cannot be released back into the wild. They serve as ambassadors – interacting with visitors to promote understanding about their species and their habitats in the natural world. 

In addition, the museum has a state-of-the-art planetarium, a Nature Trail, a replica Catawba Indian Village, and “The Farm”, a showcase of local agriculture and live animals. The museum is proud to offer learning opportunities for all ages through children’s camps, after-school programs, and public events.

Interesting Info
  • Some of our live animals include a Virginia opossum, mini Hereford bulls, an Alligator Snapping Turtle, Barbados Black Belly Sheep, and many more!
  • The Catawba Indian Village depicts the rich and diverse culture of the Catawba Indians that once lived in the area.
  • The Nature Trail houses life-size mazes for children and adults. It has never been so fun to get lost!
Geographic Location
Planetarium show
Visitors on The Farm