Attractions

The Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium

Hours

Open Now
Sun
1PM-5PM
Mon-Fri
10AM-4PM
Sat
10AM-5PM

Location

Gastonia

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Google Reviews

4.6

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Trent Plaisance

6 months ago

The kids absolutely loved this place. Best money I've ever spent for an outing with the kiddos. The planetarium started the tour and the kids were amazed! Very interactive with even the youngest. There's tons of exhibits, the place just keeps on going and going. It honestly took the better part of 4 hours. Then the outdoor educational section with live animals. Pigs, goats, chickens, roosters, etc, etc. Even dinosaur fossils to check out. Many many live creatures in tanks as well. Owls, snakes, softshell turtles And a native American section that's very large in itself. We will definitely not hesitate to come back every time we pass through this area. Finally been satisfied with what we get for the cause when it comes to entertaining four kids ages 2,4,6, and 8. Absolutely had a great time as an adult too.

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Antonio Perez Coss

2 weeks ago

We loved this museum, it has too much to offer! The main building is not super big but it has many interesting exhibitions and information, this is definitely the first stop; but then you have a beautiful farm (outdoor) with an old cabins and many other stations and animals that your kids will love. In addition to it you can also walk-hike trough a small forrest that is also beautiful and a perfect opportunity to enjoy nature. There is a lot to do % recommended

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Lauren Johnson

3 months ago

This was such a cool place to learn about so many different things. Local history, habitats, and animals beginning in the Prehistoric Era. Informative and well maintained exhibits. The planetarium show was really interesting to watch about the Artemis Mission. Outside there is a wonderful shady trail that it a half mile that circles the property. There are really awesome exhibits outside as well as a play area for the kids, a pond, an old mill, a stone age heritage site and a Catawba Indian Village. There is also a small farm that you can enjoy with live animals. The cost to enter is $3/pp but we ran out of time today. This museum could be an all day place to take the kids, pack a lunch and sit at one of the inside tables to eat or at one of the many picnic tables outside.

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Miriam Walsh

a year ago

The museum had some really nice exhibits an dinosaurs, and 'Creepy Nature' as well as a good permanent exhibit area. The 'farm' area was a little disappointing, but that was probably due to it being November. There were no staff around to answer questions or monitor the area that we could see. The planetarium was small, but did a neat little show on the night sky. Some of the non-sky images were blurry, and the show was definitely geared toward a younger audience than my just turned teenager, but we still enjoyed it. Overall, I think it was well worth the $ and the time to make the stop while we traveled through the area!

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tim buchanan

5 months ago

Took the girls here for a little trip. Loved the nature exhibits and the dinosaurs. The planetarium was by far the best of the experience. Took the nature trail for a picnic to close out the day. You can go further up past the pond and there is a covered area with tables there if you need a lot of room.

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