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The Stars Come aLIVE at the James H. Lynn Planetarium: Live programming begins spring 2018!

“The planetarium is our own window to the universe, so if you have ever wondered what’s out there, this is where you should come to find out,” explains new Planetarium Director Will Snyder.

The Schiele Museum’s James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater is celebrating the two-year anniversary of our 2016 upgrade which brought a state-of-the-art, fully digital system, capable of immersing audiences in the farthest wonders of the cosmos to the deepest depths of the seas. While this new technology might be the brains that run the planetarium, our presenters are the heart! Allow our dedicated staff to be your guides through the galaxy as we introduce an all-new, live planetarium experience.

Starting this spring (2018), all programs we offer will feature a live and interactive component that creates a unique show with every visit. Accompanying each of our full-dome films will be a live StarShow where our presenters will tie the current night sky into the concepts introduced during the movie and allow audience members to customize their experience by having their questions and special requests answered in real time. According to Snyder, “the films we screen on our 360-degree dome offer a one-of-a-kind immersive experience and are great tools to entertain while sharing knowledge, but we also want to supplement that with a comprehensive experience that only an engaging presenter can provide.”

In addition to our feature films, the James H Lynn Planetarium will also premiere two fully live programs titled “The Sky Tonight!” and “Our Carolina Sky.” Whether you just want to know what constellations are visible tonight, or if you are curious about the newest planets discovered around distant stars, these shows can keep you up-to-date of the changes overhead.

Live programming will take full advantage of our planetarium facilitiy and add a grand experience for all visitors to the Schiele. Snyder encourages everyone to visit the planetarium by saying, “for many adults, the last (and maybe only) time you stepped foot in a planetarium was on your third grade field trip. We want to recreate that wonder and amazement you felt as a child walking in with the large dome towering overhead, laying back in those comfy seats, and slowly watching the stars come out. The technology and equipment we use to show you the night sky may have changed, but that fascination is something that never goes away.” We hope to see you under the dome!

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.

Active Military 

Present valid identification for free general admission.


Present valid identification for $1 off general admission.

Students (18+)

Present valid identification for $1 off general admission.

Seniors (65+)

Present valid identification for $1 off general admission.


Note: only one coupon per transaction will be applied.



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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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

"Our reception was everything we could have hoped for--The Schiele was such a fun venue to celebrate our marriage!"

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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