Coming Soon

coming soon

New Earth Science Exhibit Hall--Creepy Nature! 

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals.  This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien invaders!

Discover the truth behind these mythologies as you follow the expedition of our hero through undersea perils, mysterious jungles, forbidding swamps, and an abandoned mine.  What lurks in these environments is stranger than fiction – it’s Creepy Nature!

Creepy Nature features comic art by illustrator James Lyle from Waynesville, NC.

*Opening Spring 2018


Lions & Tigers & Bears:  Through the Lens with National Geographic

Though they are extremely powerful, lions, tigers, and bears need not be feared as Dorothy and her friends famously did along the Yellow Brick Road. Rather, these majestic predators deserve our respect, care, and protection.

Featuring multi-year coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter, and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty of lions and tigers and bears.

*Opening Saturday, February 3 2018

Areas of Expertise

areas of expertise

The Schiele Museum actively conducts research in the areas of archaeology, entomology, mycology and malacology. The museum's curatorial staff also has responsibility for collections management and collaboration in public programs with the other departments within the museum, such as Education and Exhibits.

Archaeology
Archaeology is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artifacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes.

The goals of archaeology are to document and explain the origins and development of human culture, understand cultural history, chronicle cultural evolution, and study human behavior and ecology, for both prehistoric and historic societies.

Examples of remains include Indian mounds, shell middens (accumulations of the by-products of daily life), and village sites as well as plantations, log cabins, settlements, battlefields, forts, and shipwrecks.

Many different groups of people have lived in Gaston County over the past 12,000 years. We look for traces of our Indian, African, Asian, and European ancestors in the earth to understand the unwritten past.


Entomology
Entomology is the scientific study of insects. Insects have many kinds of interactions with humans and other forms of life on earth, so it is an important specialty within biology; unlike many other fields however, entomologists include both persons studying insects for their own sake, and those employed by commercial concerns interested in the control of insects.

The definition is sometimes widened to include the study of other terrestrial arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, and ticks.

Arthropods (segmented animals with an external skeleton and jointed appendages) such as insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, ticks, crayfish, and others, are the most successful group of animals on earth. It is estimated that there are more than one million species of insects in the world of which 88,600 are known to exist in the United States, including 30,000 beetles and 524 butterflies in the eastern part of our country.

Long before the Gaston County Arthropod Inventory began in 1997, Bud Schiele with the help of John Beal and others, created an insect collection that became the foundation of the museum's entomological collection.

Mycology
Mycology is the study of fungi, their genetic and biochemical properties, their taxonomy, and their use to humans as a source for medicinals (penicillin) and food (beer, wine, cheese, edible mushrooms), as well as their dangers, such as poisoning or infection.
Most of the more than 1800 mushrooms and slime molds in our Mycology Collection are from North Carolina. The recent mycological emphasis has been on the local fungal flora, including specimens fruiting on the museum grounds. Additionally, we are serving as a resource for the state Poison Control Center. We are assisting with the public outreach through our mushroom exhibit and are providing support to our Education Department on all things fungal.

Malacology
Denise Furr is a Malacologist, or a person who studies mollusks. Her primary goal is to survey the mollusks of the Piedmont and contribute data to the Natural Heritage Inventory. Since there are very few researchers in this field, she is doing research to identify specimens and produce publications on the mollusk population in our area. Our Malacology Collection is one of only two major mollusk collections in the state, the other being the NC State Museum, with which she is working closely.

Seashells, clams, land snails, octopi, squid and slugs are all mollusks. Not all mollusks produce shells, but those that do produce the shells from the mantle, a part of their soft body that is unique to mollusks.

There are about 75 different species of land snails in the South Piedmont and over 500 species of marine mollusks on the coast of the Carolinas. The Schiele currently has over 600 species in the mollusk research collection including some exotic species. The number of mollusk species in the world is second only to the number of insect species.

Rentals

Rentals

Rentals

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
Auditorium
Bobcat's Den
Lynn Planetarium
Lobby/Courtyard
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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