Holiday Planetarium Programs

Holiday Planetarium Programs

Celebrate the Season! Join us in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater this December for two special programs guarant...
Alligator Meet & Greet

Alligator Meet & Greet

Saturday, December 15th from 11AM - 3PM Did you know that American Alligators are listed as a threatened species? Find out why an...
Schiele Escape: Artifact Recovery

Schiele Escape: Artifact Recovery

Schiele Escape: Artifact Recovery The Schiele Museum is on red alert! A precious artifact has disappeared from one of the museum'...

Gift Memberships



Schiele Memberships make great gifts and the benefits are significant! Schiele Members enjoy free general admission to The Schiele Museum for an entire year, passport benefits to other ASTC affiliated science centers*, and much more.




Contact our membership coordinator, Paula McKinnon, at 704.866.6904 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

*ASTC Passport Program Members must show a valid ID at Admissions. Please note: on special event days and on group/field trips ASTC reciprocals need to pay general admission plus any additional up-charge for that day. Please note: Discovery Place is among the participating science centers and museums within a 90-mile radius that is excluded from The Schiele Museum's reciprocal Passport Program.

Animal Ambassadors

Did you know that your support of The Schiele helps us provide a caring home for our Animal Ambassadors? Learn about our wonderful Animal Ambassadors and how their stories help us stay true to our mission.

Meet Baby, our Southern Flying Squirrel who was found on the ground near trees that had been cut down. Barely as big as your thumbnail, he was picked up and brought to a rehabilitator who cared for him with the hopes of being released. Baby did flourish in their care - perhaps too well - and returned to his caretaker instead of finding his own path in nature. Baby was donated to The Schiele and now serves as an Animal Ambassador! As one of two native species of flying squirrels in North Carolina, Baby’s participation in school and outreach programs serves as a great platform to talk about the differences in species. Baby’s counterpart, the Northern Flying Squirrel, is endangered. By sharing Baby’s story and discussing habitat loss and ways it can be prevented, children can better understand how to protect animals impacted by habitat loss, especially when they can see one up close and in person!

Meet Ecco, our Crested Gecko! Ecco became an #AnimalAmbassador after being donated to the museum by a former animal husbandry intern. Did you know that crested geckos don’t blink? They don’t have eyelids and simply lick their eyes to keep them clean!

In our Creepy Nature exhibit you’l­l find Marge, an albino Burmese python. Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida and have become a problem for the wildlife there.

Meet Hedwig, our #AnimalAmbassador owl! Hedwig is an Eastern Screech Owl, and was found injured with a fractured wing, presumably having been hit by a car. He was brought to the Carolina Raptor Center, however his wing had set at the fracture site and he lost his ability to fly. This made him unable to be released into the wild. Thus, the Carolina Raptor Center sought an educational facility to adopt him, and The Schiele ended up being just that place!

Avery, a Virginia Opossum, was perhaps the most well-known of our #AnimalAmbassadors, even staring in his own “meet & greet” day last year. Avery’s mother was hit by a car, and he and his siblings stayed with her, nursing from contaminated milk until they were eventually rescued by a rehabilitation organization in South Carolina.

Say hello to Obi, our #AnimalAmbassador snake! Obi is an Eastern Kingsnake and is native to North Carolina. While many people are afraid of snakes, Obi helps educate visitors on how they are a crucial species in our ecosystem. A fun fact about Eastern Kingsnakes is that they eat snakes that are venomous.

The Animal Ambassadors play an important role in educational programs at The Schiele. During our Jr. Zookeeper Summer Camp last year, participants learned how to properly care for live animals in the museum’s collection as well as the important role that animals play within their ecosystems. Their final project was to educate visitors using what they learned throughout camp! Cortez, our Desert Tortoise, was found with a damaged shell and brought to The Schiele. Cortez joined the Animal Ambassadors and helps to educate museum visitors. Did you know that the Desert Tortoise can live for 50-80 years?


Help The Schiele: Take Our Survey



We would like your help in evaluating our current exhibits, future exhibit considerations, and about membership. Please click the survey(s) below that you would like to complete. Thank you for your feedback!

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Birthday Parties


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 childs birthday party, The Schiele Museum is the go-to place for unique and inviting spaces.

Click this link to submit your contact information and you will be connected with our Events coordinator.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about booking your event today. You may 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.


Our rental spaces available:
Entire Museum
Environmental Studies Center
Bobcat's Den
Lynn Planetarium
North Carolina Hall
Green Roof


Unique Gifts
Your guests will remember your event long after they leave. The Schiele Museum Store features exquisite souvenirs that complement our exhibits and programs, and gifts that are perfect for event momentos, corporate incentives, and wedding and shower favors. Our Special Events Department can arrange a visit to the store and help with merchandise selection.

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