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Race Against Time at Schiele Museum of Natural History this Summer

T Rex at Schiele Museum

Attention all adventurers and time-travelers! The clock is ticking, and the window of opportunity is closing fast! Don't miss your chance to witness the towering Tyrannosaurus rex before it vanishes from The Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, NC. This colossal icon is scheduled for removal, repositioning, and relocation, making way for a thrilling transformation that showcases the latest scientific discoveries about dinosaurs. Hurry, for the T. rex will be on display only until June 18th!

Through June 18th, prepare to be amazed as the Dinosaur King takes center stage. An extraordinary adventure filled with new discoveries and groundbreaking research that has revolutionized our understanding of dinosaurs. The Dinosaur King will reveal the latest findings from recent discoveries and share how innovative research methods have transformed our knowledge of these prehistoric giants. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from the Dinosaur King himself and dive into the captivating world of dinosaurs like never before.


Hurry, to See T. Rex Before June 18th!

at Schiele Museum of Natural History


But fear not, fellow adventurers, for the month of discovery is far from over!

Brace yourselves for an exhilarating journey filled with wonders and thrills at The Schiele Museum. From the captivating DinoSafari exhibit, where you'll be transported to the awe-inspiring Age of Dinosaurs, to the restored Catawba Indian Village, offering a glimpse into the rich history of one of the oldest indigenous groups in the region, there's no shortage of excitement. Immerse yourself in the untamed world of cats at the Cats Untamed exhibit, and unleash your creativity at the Block Party for young architects. With time ticking away, every moment counts, so don't miss out on these extraordinary experiences that await you!

DinoSafari at Schiele Museum
DinoSafari at Schiele Museum

Explore the Mesozoic Era

Embark on a daring journey through the DinoSafari exhibit, where you'll be transported to the Mesozoic Era – the Age of Dinosaurs. Marvel at the full-bodied models, feel the thrill of facing a charging Triceratops, and witness the stealthy Deinonychus stalking its prey. Explore the secrets of extinct ecosystems through actual dinosaur fossil specimens and casts, unraveling the mysteries of paleontology. Time is running out to experience the wonders of DinoSafari, so don't delay!

Block Party at Schiele Museum
Block Party at Schiele Museum

Calling all young architects

Prepare to unleash your imagination at the Block Party exhibit. With over 1,000 soft and safe building blocks and connectors, this hands-on STEAM learning adventure will ignite your creativity and inspire you to bring your wildest ideas to life. Dive into the world of block play and let your imagination run wild!

Catawba Indian Village at Schiele Museum
Catawba Indian Village at Schiele Museum

Step into history

Discover the rich history of the Catawba Indian Village, one of the oldest indigenous groups in the region. Take a self-guided tour and immerse yourself in their fascinating way of life. This captivating experience recently opened and is a seasonal attraction so don't miss it!

Geraldo the Turkey at Schiele Museum
Geraldo the Turkey at Schiele Museum

Get ready for feathered fun

Exciting news awaits on The Farm! Currently residing inside the museum's warm brooder are adorable turkey chicks, or "poults," eagerly growing stronger by the day. Soon, they will join The Farm, replacing Geraldo the turkey. Keep an eye out for the little feathered friends as they make their debut this summer!

Gem Mining at Schiele Museum
Gem Mining at Schiele Museum

This gem is for you

Get ready for the ultimate gem mining adventure starting from May 20th. Delve into the running water sluice and uncover stunning mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, and rubies. Best of all, whatever you find, you keep! Gemstone Mining is available on select dates this summer, so don't miss your chance to strike it rich.

Carolina 'Cue at Schiele Museum
Carolina 'Cue at Schiele Museum

Indulge your taste buds

As BBQ season approaches, indulge your taste buds at Carolina 'Cue, the tastiest exhibit ever! Dive into the rich history and culture behind this culinary institution in the Carolinas. Discover mouthwatering secrets and leave with new ideas to make your next barbecue the best one yet.

CATS UNTAMED at Schiele Museum
CATS UNTAMED at Schiele Museum

Enter the untamed realm

CATS UNTAMED showcases these highly skilled hunters and their remarkable adaptability. Explore their evolutionary journey spanning 30 million years and learn how they thrive in diverse environments worldwide. From the Sahara Desert to the outskirts of Antarctica, cats are masters of survival. Unleash your curiosity and uncover the secrets of these fascinating felines. CATS UNTAMED is included with museum admission.

Salute to heroes

Attention, military personnel and their families! Take advantage of free museum admission all summer* as a token of our gratitude. The Schiele Museum is a 2023 Blue Star Museum, offering free entry to active military, veterans, and their families from Armed Forces Day on May 20th through Labor Day on September 4th.

Time is of the essence, dear explorers!


The Schiele Museum of Natural History is only one of 70 museums in the U.S. designated as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and features the largest collection of mounted land mammals in the Southeast. Experience galleries with vivid natural history exhibits, an educational farm, planetarium, nature trail, live animal enclosures and many other interactive exhibits. Fun for all ages!

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