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Block Party!

Young architects can enjoy more than 1,000 building blocks and connectors (in all sorts of shapes and sizes) designed to inspire creativity! This hands-on STEAM exhibit encourages children to bring their imaginations to life through block play. Supported by a grant from the PNC Foundation, Block Party provides children with a fun and exciting environment to play while encouraging creativity, problem solving, and movement via hands-on learning through block play!

Block Party Exhibit Hours:

Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM

Saturday: 11 AM - 4 PM

Sunday: 1 PM - 4 PM

 

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.

Sponsored by PNC Bank, the exhibition is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. “PNC has worked with The Schiele Museum over the past six years on numerous exhibits, but this one is particularly exciting as makes it fun for children and the community to interact with the science of the exhibit,” said John Forgan, Senior Vice President, Corporate & Institutional Banking. “Helping children get a great start in life and learning about our world is critical to their development."

 

Dino Safari

Journey through time to the Mesozoic Era - the Age of Dinosaurs - as you walk among these full-bodied models and experience what life might have been like for these incredible creatures. Marvel at the sheer size of these prehistoric beasts and face off against a charging Triceratops or watch as the Deinonychus stalks its prey. Throughout the Dino Safari exhibit, you'll see some of your favorite dinosaurs and learn about a few more of these spectacular beasts. You'll also get to see actual dinosaur fossil specimens and casts from the Schiele Museum's collection that help demonstrate how the science of paleontology provides clues about extinct ecosystems.

Exhibits

 

Exhibits

 Now Featuring

Permanent Exhibitions

Coming Soon

Outdoor Exhibits

The Farm

The Schiele Museum Farm will be closed this summer for renovations. Check back for the latest updates about this new outdoor experience for visitors! Plans are still underway to determine the kinds of new animals that we’ll include on the farm. We’re aiming for a mid-September 2019 opening. Be on the lookout via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Stone Age Heritage Site

Travel back in time when the stone tools our ancestors used were the cutting edge of technology. Walk among the standing stones, stone circles, earthen burial mound, rock cairn and petroglyphs that give insightful glimpses into our past.

Catawba Indian Village

Open seasonally, this interpretation of 400 years of Catawba Indian culture, adaptation and survival is a must see for visitors interested our region's rich heritage. Visit a prehistoric bark-covered house, council house and log cabins. The Catawba Indian Village is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM - 4 PM.

Dino Safari: A Prehistoric Adventure

Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the Age of Dinosaurs.   See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time forgot. Observe predators stalking an armored Stegosaurus and her calf, get eye-to-eye with a 15 foot tall Brachiosaurus, and stand in the path of a charging Triceratops. See dinosaur fossil specimens, enjoy hands-on exploration in the Dino Safari Lab, and find out how scientists unearth stories of this ancient world.

Memorial Wildlife Garden

In this wildlife oasis, you can take advantage of the contemplative setting by escaping the rat race and settling into an environment authentically designed to provide food and shelter for the Carolina Piedmont's native species.

Nature Trail

All within a 0.7 mile trek, you'll experience a pine forest, mixed hardwood forest, and pond and stream communities typical of the North Carolina Piedmont. On our Trail for all Seasons, everyday is a good day for a walk.

Henry Hall of the American Indian

Henry Hall of the American Indian Can you name the five major regions of North America? Do you remember the major tribal groups that so richly affected European settlers in the new land? Not to worry. Our collection of artifacts, housing, tools, weapons, ornaments and customs are beautifully unforgettable.

Hall of North Carolina Natural History

Have you ever seen a harbor seal... a teal, a heron, an egret or a coot? These three-dimensional dioramas depict the inhabitants and terrain of the North Carolina coastline, coastal plains, hills, Piedmont and mountain regions in all their diversity.

Hall of North American Wildlife

Get toe to claw, nose to gill, finger to stinger and eye to shank with wildlife at its finest. These dioramas give you true perspective on the size and scope of North America's bears, bison, moose and elk along with its other mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

Hall of North American Habitats

Experiencing these richly crafted dioramas is like being dropped in the middle of the continent's most dynamic terrain. Let your eyes lead the rest of your senses to the wonders of our ocean floors, the Everglades, the Sonoran Desert and the mighty Alaskan tundra.

Elizabeth W. Robinson Exhibit Hall

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!

Permanent Exhibitions


permanent exhibitions

The Schiele Museum of Natural History has amassed a vast collection of artifiacts and interpretive displays that make history and science accessible to the visitor. Step into far away places and times as you explore the five permanent exhibitions within the museum:

Indoor Galleries

Hall of North Carolina Natural History

Have you ever seen a harbor seal, a teal, a heron, an egret or a coot? These artisically crafted dioramas depict the inhabitants and terrain of the North Carolina coastline, coastal plains, hills, Piedmont and mountain regions in their incredible diversity.

Hall of North American Habitats

Experiencing the beauty and detail of the Hall of North American Habitats is like being transported to the middle of the continent's most dynamic terrain. Your eyes will lead your imagination to the wonders of our ocean floors, the Everglades, the Sonoran Desert and the mighty Alaskan tundra. Children and adults alike will leave with an appreciation for the majesty and diversity of life in our North American homeland.

Robinson Hall Exhibit Gallery

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!

Hall of North American Wildlife

Get toe to claw, nose to gill, finger to stinger and eye to shank with wildlife at its finest. These dioramas give you true perspective on the size and scope of North America's bears, bison, moose and elk along with its other mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

Henry Hall of the American Indian

Can you name the five major regions of North America? Do you remember the major tribal groups that so richly affected European settlers in the new world and colonies? Not to worry if you've forgotten a few details because The Schiele Museum can bring you an unforgettable collection of artifacts, weapons, ornaments, tools, and housing that will remind you of the beautiful culture of the North American Native American. 

 

 Outdoor Exhibits

Nature Trail

All within a 0.7 mile trek, you'll experience a pine forest, mixed hardwood forest, and pond and stream communities typical of the North Carolina Piedmont. On our trail for all seasons, everyday is a good day for a walk. The Play'Scape provides a good play area for kids along the trail.

Memorial Wildlife Garden

In this wildlife oasis, you can take advantage of the contemplative setting by escaping the rat race and settling into an environment authentically designed to provide food and shelter for the Carolina Piedmont's native species.

Catawba Indian Village

Open seasonally, this interpretation of 400 years of Catawba Indian culture, adaptation, and survival is a must see for visitors interested our region's rich heritage. Visit a prehistoric bark-covered house, council house and log cabins. The Catawba Indian Village is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM - 4 PM.

Stone Age Heritage Site

Travel back in time when the stone tools our ancestors used were the cutting edge of technology. Walk among the standing stones, stone circles, earthen burial mound, rock cairn and petroglyphs that give insightful glimpses into our past.

The Farm

Our all-new farm exhibit opens Saturday, September 21st! This outdoor experience for visitors explores the natural, ever-changing relationships between people, plants, and animals on farms across the history of our region! Learn more about this interactive exhibit here.