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 a one-stop venue to learn about all things natural history - from native peoples in our region to current-day explorations of the universe. Our indoor exhibits showcase fossils, gem and minerals; animals, including dinosaurs; Native Americans; carnivorous plants; and dioramas depicting the major mammal species and habitats in North America. Visitors should also make time for a planetarium presentation in the James H. Lynn Planetarium & Science Theatre. In addition to the main museum building, the Schiele sits on a 20-acre campus with an educational Farm that showcases local crops and animals, a Nature Trail, Catawba Indian Village, Stone Age Heritage Site, and Play’scape for young children. Since 1960, the Schiele Museum has been serving the families and students of Gaston County and the region, inspiring curiosity and understanding through exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and research.

Interesting Info
  • The Nature Trail houses life-size mazes for children and adults. It has never been so fun to get lost!
  • 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.
Volunteer Opportunities

Schiele Interns
Repeats daily until Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

Schiele Volunteers
Repeats weekly at 10:00am until Tuesday, August 1st, 2023
Flexible Timing

Photos and Videos
Visitors to the Henry Hall of the American Indian
Geraldo the Turkey on The Farm
Cats Untamed at The Schiele
Field Trips and Outreach Presentations make science fun for kids.