The stars are always out at the James H. Lynn Planetarium — that's why our visitors leave with a twinkle in their eye. All you have to do is look up to see rotating planets, moons, galaxies, comets, nebulae, asteroids and black holes playing across the domed ceiling. Images from the Mariner to Pathfinder expeditions will transport you to another reality, and state of the art projections of the deep space objects captured by the Hubble Telescope are sure to dazzle.
Entering The Schiele Museum and being wowed is a perfectly natural phenomenon. With a comprehensive collection of flora, fauna, minerals and fossils that make our environment the ecological treasure chest it is, visitors of all ages will enjoy a unique perspective on how we fit into the natural world that surrounds us.
Head east on US 74 and right on Garrison Boulevard to the Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. The museum is continuing its mission of educating Gaston County students, and it has grown to become a staple for the community.
Within the museum’s walls is North Carolina Hall, showing the six regions of North Carolina during various seasons. Look on top of the cave in one three-dimensional diorama, and you will see a bobcat that wags its tail every few minutes.
Look carefully in the cave, and you will see bats on the ceiling. The Hall of Earth and Man presents life as it developed over the last 500 million years. It’s almost as if the saber-toothed tiger in one exhibit is actually alive. The museum’s space theater presents shows on the arts, history, travel, and ecology, along with more conventional planetarium shows.
Outside the museum you will discover more on the “Trail for All Seasons,” the Eighteenth Century Backcountry Farm, and the Catawba Indian Village. Interpretive and livinghistory programs are scheduled at the Schiele Museum throughout the year.
I love taking my two sons to this amazing museum! We just went to Fossil Fair this weekend and it was amazing! I think I had as much fun as they did!!!!! I went to this museum when I was a child and it is great to experience it again with my sons. The staff is friendly and the membership rate is great, we can now visit as much as we like. I highly recommend it! Even though The Schiele is turning 50 this year, it still has got the IT factor.