Donations make it possible for The Schiele Museum to serve thousands of students, families, and visitors each year with programs designed to inspire wonder for science and the natural world. If you want to contribute to instilling a respect for nature and appreciation for the diversity of life then you should consider working with The Schiele Museum as a donor.

Many generous Schiele Museum Members and friends are helping to ensure the future of the museum for many generations. You, too, can help by making a planned gift, a contribution to our Endowment Fund, a Memorial Gift, and even an honorarium. Should you wish, you may restrict your gift to a specific program area or department. Below is a partial list of restricted gift opportunities:

Outdoor Interpretive Sites
Permanent Gallery Construction or Renovation
Collections or Research
Educational Programs

The Schiele Endowment Fund / Planned Giving
The Schiele Museum Endowment Fund was established in January 1998 from a portion of a gift from the Margaret Rankin Beam Estate. Held at the Community Foundation of Gaston County, our Endowment Fund continues to grow aggressively from year to year. 5% of the fund's average balance may be used each year for Museum projects based on approval by our Board of Trustees. One may make a direct cash gift to the Endowment Fund, or use any of the planned giving methods in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.

We are able to accommodate your planned giving needs in many ways. Through the Advancement Office we can accept gifts of stock, insurance policies, vehicles, retirement plans, and much more. To discuss Planned Giving Opportunities, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 704.836.0020.



Volunteers are important at The Schiele Museum and we would love to have you join us! 

Volunteering at The Schiele Museum is a great opportunity to learn about nature, meet new people and help our visitors connect with the world around them. We offer a range of opportunities to match your interests and availability. Volunteers provide an invaluable service to not just the museum, but to the community.

Volunteer placement is a selective process, and not all applicants are accepted into the program. All applicants must 16+ years old and are asked to provide two letters of recommendation in order to be eligible for volunteering. The Schiele Museum reserves the right to place volunteers in the area that the staff feel is best suited to the applicant's skills and the needs of the museum. A background check is necessary to volunteer for applicants 18+ years old.

Want to volunteer? Click this link to submit your email and contact information and our Volunteers coordinator will contact you.

For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 704-866-6924.

Technical Specs


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The recent installation of our Spitz SciDome XD projection equipment has rocketed the James H. Lynn Planetarium to becoming a leader in 21st century full-dome projection  technology. The images are crisp and vibrant as you're taken on a visual journey with shows that range from earthworms to extraterrestial volcanoes! This new system also allows interactive education thanks to an integrated infrared remote control that can call up data onto the full-dome display to deepen the immersive experience. 


Coupons & Special Offers


Gastonia City Resident Discount

Present valid identification with an address within Gastonia, NC and you will receive admission for $5 adults / $4 children. 

Children 3 and under 

Children ages 3 and under receive free General Admission with paid adult.

Note: Exceptions may apply for special events and programs.

AAA Discount

The Schiele Museum offers $1 off general admission when presenting a valid AAA membership card.




Events Calendar


The Schiele Museum is always active! Find your date on the calendar and make plans to attend an event soon. Or you can rent a space to host your own event at the museum if you have weddings, birthday parties, or special occassions upcoming.



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