The Pumpkin Patch


Starts Friday, September 24 through Sunday, October 31

Discover the wonders of fall’s most famous fruit!  Visit The Farm to learn about the natural history of pumpkins and their kin, how their grown, and how nutritious they are.  Plus, enjoy the gardens, hands-on activities and live farm animals that help tell the story of agriculture in the Piedmont.  Each visitor gets to enjoy picking a pumpkin of their own to take home. 


Enjoy "picking" a pumpkin to take home from the Pumpkin Patch! The Pumpkin Patch is presented by First Horizon


The Farm will be decked out for the fall for this festive celebration of the pumpkin!



Monday - Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Sunday 1 - 4 PM



Pumpkin Patch Program Times

Pleaset note that  the times/availalbility of The Pumpkin Patch Programs will be shown when you click Purchase Tickets. 

Tickets will be available beginning the week of September 20th.



Tickets must be purchased in advance. 
Pumpkin Patch tickets are:

These fees help to off-set the costs for museum operations from caring for the live-animals, program materials, and staff. Fee includes admission to Pumpkin Patch program, pumpkin, and access to the Farm. Ticket purchase does not include admission to visit indoor museum exhibits.

We appreciate your support through your participation!


All participants in the Pumpkin Patch program will be required to wear a mask and practice safe, social distancing during the program and while they're visiting the site.  As recommended by health officials, we also recommend you maintain a 6' distance between yourself and others and wash your hands as often as possible.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor: First Horizon Bank

60th Anniversary

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July 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of The Schiele Museum!


As a young boy, Bud Schiele loved nature and the excitement of discovering the world around him. He would find his partner in life who shared his passion for learning in Lily Hobbs, and together they built the foundation on which the museum would be laid.


This month, the Schiele Museum celebrates sixty years - 60 YEARS! Their dreams came to life with the opening of a 1,500 sq. ft. museum in 1961 that has expanded in size and impact in the community through the last six decades.


Their legacy lives on through our work to inspire curiosity and wonder about science and the natural world, to spark the imagination of the young and young at heart.


Celebrate with us as we commemorate this 60th Anniversary!

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Support your classroom instruction with hands-on programs here at The Schiele that also meet NC and SC curriculum standards!

Learn more about the variety of programs we offer for an on-site visit (click here).



For those with travel restrictions, we also offer Schiele To Go Outreach programs that come to you!

To learn more, click here:

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Not sure which options are the best fit for your group?
We can help! Just call Lana at 704.854.6676.  We can let you know which programs are best suited for particular age group or range of ages. 

 Wine Beer Tasting July 2021

Support The Schiele Museum while you enjoy an evening exploring the museum during our Wine & Beer Tasting fundraiser event! Live music with Caleb Davis, wine and beer tastings with Grape & Barley, and even a tasty treat from H&M Catering is included!

Thursday, October 21st 6 - 8 PM on the Farm in the Pumpkin Patch!


Advance Tickets (purchased by Oct. 7):
Schiele Members - $40 | Nonmembers - $45



Tickets after Oct. 7: $50 per person

 This event is for those 21 years+.  

Ticket includes:
Wine tasting - selection of three wines
Beer tasting - two varieties
Live Music with Caleb Davis
Charcuterie Box*
* Charcuterie box includes an assortment of various types of Italian meats served with the chef's choice of seasonal variety cheeses presented with crackers. (No substitutions). As this box is meant to be an accompaniment to your tasting, you are welcome to bring additional food such as a picnic to extend your enjoyment of the evening.

Your support of this Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser will help The Schiele continue our mission to bring quality educational programs that inspire and educates about science and the natural world!


Thanks to our friends at Grape & Barley, 3 Keys Distributors, Standard Distributors, H&M Catering, and Caleb Davis for making this event possible.


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Thank you to Table Sponsor:

First Horizon Bank


For children in grades K - 5

The Schiele Museum is excited to present a new program to inspire young learners about the wonders of science, culture, and the natural world. Kid’s Quest features the awesome exhibits, resources, and staff expertise of the Schiele in a STEM-based afterschool program designed to meet the needs of your family.


Crafted in light of the current challenges for health and safety, Kid’s Quest will provide students with enriching science, cultural, art, outdoor activities and curriculum-support each day after school that will help make this school year a roaring success.


Fantastic Experiences Include:

  • Live animals, star shows, art and cool hands-on explorations of science, history, and culture
  • Homework support
  • Outdoor time each day, weather permitting
  • Daily snacks
  • Games, recreation and social time with friends

Kid's Quest is available for children in grades K - 5. 
The program is available Monday through Friday from school dismissal - 6 PM. 
To maintain our social distancing standards, our programs have strict capacity limits, so early registration is recommended.

Kid’s Quest Weekly Fees 
$90 Museum Members / $110 Nonmembers

When is payment required?
Kid’s Quest fees are billed on a monthly basis and due prior to participation. Fees are adjusted to accommodate scheduled holidays. All sales are final unless Schiele Museum operational plans change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Teacher Workdays
Kid’s Quest will include an option to participate in full-day experiences on all Gaston County Schools work days for an additional fee of $35 per child (members) and $40 per child (non-members).  Full day experiences will operate from 7:30 AM – 6 PM.


Space is limited
Kid’s Quest will meet the needs of students through high-quality experiences and small class sizes.  Our program will adhere to guidelines for health and safety from the CDC, state and local authorities. Due to our limited capacity, we are only offering Kid’s Quest to students at Gardner Park, Piedmont Charter, Robinson, and Sherwood elementary schools.

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Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions, or give us a call at 704.854.6676.

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Additional information, including our health and safety procedures, will be sent to participating families shortly after registration.

Download Kid's Quest Flyer