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5 Interesting Things at The Schiele Museum of Natural History


Science, nature and history, you’ll find it all at the Schiele Museum of Natural History.  Located in Gastonia, North Carolina, the Schiele Museum of Natural History is an educational and fun place to visit for the day.  Start planning your visit.  The museum is a great place for all ages to explore.

Check out our list of 5 interesting things at the Schiele Museum of Natural History.

  1. The Schiele Museum is home to many exhibits.

There are permanent exhibits inside and out, and exhibits that rotate seasonally.  The museum is now featuring The Solar System: A Journey of Exploration and The Penguins of the Antarctic.  Their permanent exhibits include The Hall of North Carolina Natural History, the Hall of North American Habitats, the Hall of Earth and Man, the Hall of North American Wildlife and the Henry Hall of the American Indian.  Wander outside the museum and you’ll see their nature trail, the 18th-century backcountry garden, the Stone Age Heritage site and the Catawba Indian Village and Memorial Wildlife Garden.

  1. The Schiele Museum has a planetarium!

The James H Lynn Planetarium can seat 156 guests.  Shows at the planetarium last around 45 minutes.  The new SciDome XD System plays full dome films on everything from the human body to nature and space. Currently, the Schiele Museum planetarium is playing The Great Planet Adventures, Summer Sky Show, and Dynamic Earth.  Tickets are $5.00 in addition to museum admission.

  1. Don’t forget to visit the Museum store!

Inside the Schiele Museum of Natural History, you’ll find the Museum Store.  Kids will find a variety of souvenirs all at reasonable prices, some as low as $1.00.  The educational fun can continue at home with their science kits and books.  Proceeds go right back into funding the museum’s programs and exhibits.

  1. There are many events held throughout the year!

The Schiele Museum celebrates a variety of holidays and seasonal events throughout the year.  In the spring, their Cuddly and Cute Animal Babies event is a huge success.  A few other events on their calendar include their Easter egg hunt throughout the museum, A Bug’s Day, Things That Go Boom in the month of July, and The United States of Animals in early August.

  1. You can get into the museum for free once a month!

The 2nd Tuesday of every month, you can visit the Schiele Museum of Natural History for free.  From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, you can explore the museum and all the exhibits at no charge.  What a deal!

The Schiele Museum of Natural History hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday’s from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

After an exciting day spent exploring the Schiele Museum of Natural History, find your way back to Davidson Village Inn for some much-needed rest and relaxation.  If it will be your first time visiting the Davidson area, be sure to download our free Davidson, NC Vacation Guide.  You’ll find recommendations on where to eat, activities to keep you busy and the best shopping in the area.  The summer months are a great time to visit Davidson.  There are many fun activities throughout the season including the Davidson Concerts on the Green which occur on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  Whenever you choose to visit, give us a call at 704-892-8044 and let us help you book the perfect room.