Exciting news just released!

Duke Energy is sponsoring the Free Tuesday (the second Tuesday of each month) program again in 2021 AND expand the program to Free Fridays (the fourth Friday of each month)! Additionally, each quarter, a FREE planetarium program will be included on the free days!  Find out more about their support here: Duke Energy Expands Free Days at The Schiele in 2021

Important Info

All visitors ages 5 years+ are required to wear a mask and follow safe social distancing practices while on their visit at The Schiele. For more specifics about what to expect, please visit our FAQ page.



2021 Schedule

The afternoon session currently scheduled from 12 - 4PM, general admission to The Schiele Museum will be free of charge on the second Tuesday and fourth Friday of each month.

2021 Dates from 12 - 4 PM

Free Tuesday Free Friday Free Planetarium Program
Jan. 12 Jan. 22 January 12 & 22
Feb. 9 Feb. 26
Mar. 9 Mar. 26
Apr. 13 Apr. 23 April 13 & 23
May 11 May 28
Jun. 8 Jun. 25
Jul. 13 Jul. 23 July 13 & 23
Aug. 10 Aug. 27
Sep. 14 Sep. 24
Oct. 12 Oct. 22 October 12 & 22
Nov. 9 Nov. 26
Dec. 14 Closed



Tickets will be released two weeks prior to each date so any adjustments to occupancy restrictions can be made. Tickets must be reserved in advance. By reserving tickets, you are agreeing to wear facial coverings (over nose & mouth) and maintaining social distance as applicable by the current regulations in place.

Note: There are limited tickets available for each program. If you have reserved tickets and will not be able to attend, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to relinquish your tickets, so they can be made available to others.


Select DATE of your visit, then Select Museum Admission.
You can also visit the Planetarium for free on specific dates. Select Planetarium, then Free Planetarium Program


Free Tuesday during closure in 2020

While The Schiele was closed during the pandemic, The Schiele Museum shared behind the scenes and highlights of the museum's exhibits. 


Mini TourDino SafariCollections and North Carolina Hall


Getting Here & Parking

The museum is located at 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054. Click here for driving directions.

The Schiele's parking lot is located near the entrance of the museum and is free for visitors. Additional parking is located at the "green lot" on Garrison Blvd., just past the museum towards downtown. The museum's lots are highlighted in orange on the map below. Due to an increased number of visitors on Free Tuesday, carpooling is encouraged.



Duke Energy began sponsoring Free Tuesday in 2012 and has helped The Schiele provide exceptional educational and cultural resources to thousands of visitors and their families over the past several years. Duke Energy’s generous sponsorship support of Free Tuesday is a wonderful opportunity for the community to enjoy the museum for free on a monthly basis.