What We Do
The Schiele Museum of Natural History is an educational facility open to the public 361 days a year. The museum displays high quality exhibits on the natural history and natural science of North Carolina and North America. The museum displays 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. An exhibit featuring dinosaurs and their habitats as well as an original exhibit on the naturally occurring phenomenon associated with horror fiction concepts are currently being showcased. The museum serves over 70,000 school children each year and draws visitors from across the Southeast and the US.
In addition to the main museum building, the Schiele sits on a 20-acre campus with a Nature Trail, Backcountry Farm, 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.