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Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium

1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC



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Featured Event

Creepy Nature

Animals, Nature, For the Family, Community Event, Education

Creepy Nature Opening Saturday, June 2 Renowned naturalist and man of adventure Thaddeus Jones traveled the world in his quest for the truth behind creepy stories of vampires and zombies, sea monsters and alien invaders. His expeditions led him through mysterious jungles, forbidding swamps, abandoned mines, and the undersea perils. Then he vanished, leaving behind a creepy collection of assorted oddities from his amazing exploits. Follow the story of Thaddeus Jones through his travels and adventures and see if you can solve the mystery of his disappearance while exploring the true world of Creepy Nature. Included with museum admission.


• Sat 6/2/18 - Fri 11/30/18 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Piano Under the Stars


Piano Under the Stars Saturday, June 23 5 & 7 PM Enjoy an exclusive performance of original music composed and performed by Chilean pianist Claudio Recabarren Madrid. Hauntingly beautiful melodies combine with spectacular, full-dome visuals in this one-hour experience that will immerse you in the wonders of the universe. Mr. Madrid is a renowned artist who has performed in planetariums, observatories and other unique concert venues around the world. $10 per person


• Sat 6/23/18 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM7:00 PM8:00 PM

The Story of Flax from Plant to Petticoat: 18th Century Farm Event

Living History, Community Event, For the Family, Education

The Story of Flax from Plant to Petticoat: 18th Century Farm Event Sunday, June 24 1 – 5 PM Long before cotton became King in the South, early settlers relied on the strong fibers of the flax plant to make linen thread and fabric for hand-sewn clothing. Visit the Backcountry farm to see interpreters processing flax in the old 18th Century fashion. Try your hand at braking, scutching or hackling while you discover the many virtues of flax - other than fibers! Included with museum admission.


• Sun 6/24/18 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Our Carolina Sky

Nature, History/Science

The night sky above the Carolinas is constantly changing; have you ever wondered what lies overhead? Join us the first Friday of each month to discover how our sky has changed and to stay up-to-date with the newest space missions and discoveries. Take a live tour of the current month’s constellations and explore various topics ranging from the earliest history of astronomy to the latest advancements in the field. This new monthly program series is hosted by James H. Lynn Planetarium Director, Will Snyder. $5 per person, purchase. Advanced tickets only. *Everyone 3 years and older needs a ticket. Schiele Members may not use their member planetarium tickets at this special event. The program lasts approximately one hour.


• Fri 7/6/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mineral Mania

Nature, Education, Community Event, For the Family

Mineral Mania Saturday, July 7 10 AM-4 PM Rock-away a Saturday exploring treasures from the earth. Go gem mining and search for quartz, citrine, garnets and other beautiful specimens, included free with your admission. Watch a prehistoric craftsman as he works to create tools from stone. Paint a rock to create your own fantastic “petroglyph” designs. Plus, enjoy our new exhibit featuring minerals from around the world.


• Sat 7/7/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

When Hurricane & Sea Turtle Seasons Collide…

Nature, Animals, Education

When Hurricane & Sea Turtle Seasons Collide… Saturday, July 14 11 AM & 2 PM Welcome to the start of both hurricane season and sea turtle season! Travel across the ocean to learn about hurricane formations before going a’shore to discover how these storms impact sea turtle populations in this two-part program! Included with museum admission.


• Sat 7/14/18 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM

Project W.E.T


Project W.E.T. Wednesday, July 18 9 AM – 3:30 PM Discover ways to help children explore and understand our water using indoor and outdoor activities. Engage in experiments relating to water as a resource, water’s physical properties and water’s role in life on this planet. Educators receive a K-12 resource book lesson plans aligned to the curriculum. $30 members / $35 nonmembers Call 704.854.6676 to register


• Wed 7/18/18 at 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

A Rendezvous of Idlers: 18th Century Farm Event

Living History, Education, For the Family

A Rendezvous of Idlers: 18th Century Farm Event Sunday, August 12 1 – 5 PM Charles Woodmason, a clergyman traveling through 18th Century Carolina observed “these Assemblies at Private Houses for Singing… is reprehensible… these Singing Matches lie under the Imputation of being only Rendezvous of Idlers.” Join the Backcountry folk on the 18th Century Farm for an idle afternoon of music, dance, and intrigue from August 1775. Included with museum admission.


• Sun 8/12/18 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weather Proof

Nature, For the Family, Community Event, Education

Weather Proof Saturday, August 25 10 AM – 4 PM Come discover the fascinating, interesting, and wacky world of meteorology in a one-of-a-kind, rain-or-shine, weather event. Meet local meteorologists, climatologists, emergency managers, and more. See weather instruments up close, debunk weather myths, find out what the weather is like on other planets, and learn how you can help the weather community from your own backyard! Schiele Members: $3 Non-Members: $3 with Museum Admission


• Sat 8/25/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM