How long does a visit take?

With about 60,000 square feet inside the museum and a nature trail that's nearly three-quarters of a mile long, there's so much to see and do! We have made general estimates for visitation time, but these can vary greatly based on age and interest level.

Museum Exhibit Galleries: 1-2 hours
Most Programs: 45 minutes
Nature Trail: 30-45 minutes
The Farm: 30-45 minutes (open seasonally)
Catawba Indian Village: 30-45 minutes (open seasonally)

What is the planetarium schedule?

A variety of planetarium programs are offered throughout the day. View the full schedule here. 

Do you have a gift shop?

Yes, we do! Be sure to allow time to visit the Museum Store. Our store is a wonderful source of books and toys that mix fun with education and provide you with a memento of your visit. Plus, Schiele Members receive a 10% discount at the Museum Store. 

Is the museum accessible to visitors with mobility impairments?

The Schiele Museum welcomes all visitors and strives to make its exhibitions, programs, and services accessible to everyone. All of the museum's indoor exhibits are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the museum can be reached by using an accessibility ramp.

The James H. Lynn Planetarium includes wheelchair locations and companion seats. All restroom locations are accessible to those in wheelchairs or with mobility impairments.

Wheelchairs are available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk. Due to inclines and gravel footing of the Nature Trail, all areas may not be easily accessible by those with mobility impairments.

Do you have a restaurant?

We do not have a restaurant, however, we do have an outdoor picnic area that visitors are welcome to use. Our Museum Store has a selection of snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Do you charge admission to walk on the Nature Trail?

We do not charge admission to walk on the Nature Trail (the trail is open from dawn to dusk.) Please note: the trail closes to the public when there are special events happening on the nature trail.

Can I rent a space at the museum for an event or birthday party?

Yes! Please click here to learn more or contact our Special Events Department at 704.866.6901.

Is The Schiele a member of the ASTC Reciprocal Passport Program?

Yes! Members of Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) organizations may be eligible for discounted or free admission to The Schiele. ASTC Passport Program reciprocals will not be accepted during special events; general admission plus the event up-charge will apply. Click here to view our events calendar. Please see the current list of participating organizations on the ASTC website. Please note: Discovery Place is among the participating science centers and museums within a 90-mile radius that is excluded from The Schiele's reciprocal Passport Program.

Still have questions?

Give us a call at 704.866.6900 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you at The Schiele soon!