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Free Summer Admission for Veterans, Active Military, and Their Families at The Schiele Museum

The Schiele Museum Joins Blue Star Museums in 2024

The Schiele Museum of Natural History welcomes military members and their families to enjoy free admission this summer. From Armed Forces Day on May 18, 2024, through Labor Day on September 2, 2024, veterans, active military, and their families are invited to visit the museum at no cost.

This is the third year Dignity Memorial has provided free museum visits for veterans and their families during the summer months. In addition, The Schiele is one of nearly 2,000 museums across the United States participating as a Blue Star MuseumThrough a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and the City of Gastonia, active military and their families will also enjoy free museum admission this summer. “We are grateful to The Schiele Museum for participating in this summer’s Blue Star Museums program and we hope military families will take this opportunity to create meaningful, lifelong memories,” said Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Military members can bring up to 5 family members per visit and there is no limit on visits during the summer months. Some restrictions apply. For details and ID requirement details, visit


The Schiele Museum of Natural History inspires wonder, curiosity, and an appreciation of the natural world, providing the region with a unique educational resource. Visitors to The Schiele learn about the world around them through exceptional programming, fascinating exhibits, and ongoing research. To find out more, visit or follow The Schiele on social media.                                                                                                                


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