Street Address
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
Mailing Address
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
phone: 704-866-6900
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Adults (18+): $7
Members: free
Youth (4-17): $6
Children under 3: Free
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Ann Tippitt, Executive Director


Located in Gastonia, North Carolina, the Schiele Museum has provided the community with exceptional educational resources and opportunities for exploration since its founding in 1961. Through the generosity of Bud and Lilly Schiele, the museum began with a collection of animals, and has expanded throughout the years to include a variety of exhibits, planetarium, nature trail, farm, and a Catawba Indian village. Accredited by the American Association of Museums and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, The Schiele is a leading destination for students and families across the region.


The Schiele Museum of Natural History is committed to inspiring curiosity and understanding of science and the natural world through exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and research.


Rudolph M. (Bud) Schiele came to Gastonia, NC, in the 1920's as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America and was given the responsibility of developing the Piedmont Council of Boys Scouts. During that time, Mr. and Mrs. Schiele collected a wide variety of Native American rugs and pottery, and Mr. Schiele also became an accomplished taxidermist. After his retirement in 1959, Mr. and Mrs. Schiele offered to donate their collections and expertise for a museum if Gaston County would provide a building. Through the generous support of community leaders, the money was raised, and a 1,400 sq. ft. building was opened in 1961 on 2.2 acres. Throughout the years, The Schiele Museum has expanded to include indoor and outdoor exhibits, a nature trail, planetarium, and more.

Educational Programs

The Schiele Museum offers a variety of educational programs and events throughout the year as well as workshops for adults.


The Schiele Museum has a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits, a planetarium, nature trail, and more!


Performance Areas


Wheelchair Accessible




Not Just ANY Rental Space!

We pride ourselves on the beautiful spaces within The Schiele Museum and we'll be happy to work with you to bring your special event to the museum! Birthday parties, weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, and many more events can find the perfect setup at a reasonable price with The Schiele Museum.

A gathering beneath the stars of the Lynn Planetarium can certainly give things a dreamy twist, but a soirée at the feet of the T. Rex makes for an event of truly epic proportions. From corporate breakfasts nestled in North Carolina habitats to romantic outdoor weddings on the Backcountry Farm to a child's birthday party, The Schiele Museum is the go-to place for unique and inviting spaces.

For more information about booking your event, please call the Special Events Department at 704-866-6901 and a representative will contact you within 48 hours. We encourage you to make inquiries early, as these unique spaces are filled well in advance.

The Museum Store

Located in the museum's lobby, the Schiele Museum Store is filled with a variety of fun and educational books, science kits, rocks, snacks & beverages, exhibit-related products and more! Take away a memento of your experience at the museum and help fund our education programs and exhibits at the same time. We offer a great selection of items for $1 - great for school group visits!

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental