What We Do
The Schiele Museum of Natural History is a one-stop venue to learn about the history of early settlers and the native peoples of our region, to current day explorations of the universe in our planetarium, and everything in between! Our indoor exhibits showcase fossils, gem and minerals, exhibits on planetary science, and dioramas depicting the major mammal species and habitats in North America. The museum also provides temporary exhibits on topics of interest to the general public including an exhibit featuring full-bodied dinosaurs and their habitats as well as an original exhibit on the phenomenon associated with horror fiction concepts that occurs in nature!
In addition to the main museum building, the Schiele sits on a 20-acre campus with a Farm exploring the science of agriculture and featuring live-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. The museum’s mission is to inspire wonder and appreciation for the natural world and science.