Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
General Admission Prices (Click here for Admission Information and Discounts)
Children (4-18) $6
Students w/ ID (18+) $6
Seniors (65+) $6
Admission Prices - Members*
Children (4-18) FREE
Seniors (65+) FREE
*Members will be asked to present a valid membership card or ID.
Admission Prices - City of Gastonia Residents**
Children (4-18) $4
Students w/ ID (18+) $4
Seniors (65+) $4
**City of Gastonia Residents will be asked to present a valid ID.
Planetarium & Science Theater
A variety of planetarium programs are offered throughout the day.
Tickets are $3 per person for those ages 4 and older.
See a schedule of the programs by clicking here: Now Showing in the James Lynn Planetarium!
Special Events & Festivals
Prices for special events and festivals vary. Please call 704-866-6908 in advance to verify fees.
Free parking is conveniently located near the entrance to the museum. During special events and festivals, additional parking is available nearby. Click here for a map of the most easily accessible overflow parking.
The Schiele Museum welcomes all visitors and strives to make its exhibitions, programs and services accessible to everyone.
All of the museum's indoor exhibits are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the museum can be reached by using an accessibility ramp.
The James H. Lynn Planetarium includes wheelchair locations and companion seats.
All restroom locations are accessible to those in wheelchairs or with mobility impairments. Wheelchairs are available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis at the admissions desk. Due to inclines and gravel footing of the nature trail, all areas may not be accessible by those with mobility impairments.
How long does a visit take?
With about 60,000 square feet inside the museum and nature trail that's nearly three-quarters of a mile long, there's so much to see and do! We have made general estimates for visitation time, but these can vary greatly based on age and interest level.
Estimated Visit Times:
Museum Exhibit Galleries: 1-2 hours
Most Programs: 45 minutes
Nature Trail: 30-45 minutes
*18th Century Backcountry Farm: 30-45 minutes
*Catawba Indian Village: 30-45 minutes
Visit the Schiele Museum Store
Be sure to allow time to visit the Schiele Museum Store. Our store is a wonderful source of books and toys that mix fun with education and provide you with a memento of your visit. Members receive a 10% discount on all store purchases!
Admission fees help support our educational programming, exhibitions and ongoing research.
For your convenience, we accept the following forms of payment: cash, personal check, Visa and Mastercard.
Interested in FREE admission all year, countless discounts and invitations to exclusive "Members Only" events? Visit our Membership section for details and become a Member today!
The Schiele Museum offers $1 off general admission when presenting a valid AAA membership card.
ASTC Reciprocal Passport Program
Members of Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) organizations may be eligible for free or discounted admission. Please see the most current list of participating organizations at the ASTC website.
Please note some exclusions apply regarding museums within a 90 mile radius of The Schiele Museum.