The Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC is a family favorite for learning about the natural wonders of North America and North Carolina.
The museum is a public institution established to promote awareness and appreciation for nature, and to instill a sense of individual and social responsibility for the diversity of the natural world and the role of humanity in it.
The Schiele collects, studies, and preserves a comprehensive collection of flora, fauna, minerals and fossils, which it displays through diverse educational programs, exhibits and publications.
Spectacular lifelike dioramas filled with live animals, mounted specimens, vegetation and land formations showcase an impressive collection of North American birds, mammals and reptiles as well as installations and interpretations of the history and present day lifestyles of peoples of the region and North America.
At the James H. Lynn Planetarium, rotating planets, moons, galaxies, comets, nebulae, asteroids and black holes play across a domed ceiling. while images from the Mariner to Pathfinder expeditions transport visitors. State-of-the-art projections of the deep space objects captured by the Hubble Telescope are sure to dazzle.
Each year thousands of students from pre-schoolers to homeschoolers make an educational program part of their experience at The Schiele Museum. The museum offers unique program experiences in science, nature and history for students of all ages.