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Schiele Museum and the newly renovated planetarium offers family fun this summer

Updated: Jun 27

Whether you choose the exhibit halls, the planetarium, the farm, or all three, the Schiele Museum offers family programming. Here are summer offerings you and your children do not want to miss.

The James H. Lynn Planetarium

Check out the newly refurbished planetarium, which has new seating, carpet, and lighting. Programs are available daily on a rotating basis. Browse the summer schedule and get tickets.

Expedition Reef

Dive into a vibrant undersea adventure! Discover how coral reefs grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth—while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing. Narrated by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga.

One World One Sky

Explore the night sky and learn together about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon with Big Bird and friends at One World, One Sky. This show perfectly introduces space for our youngest astronomers and their adult star guides.

Marte: El Viaje Definitivo

En un viaje de dos años a Marte, los astronautas enfrentarán desafíos extraordinarios: largas distancias, un entorno cerrado, aislamiento, gravedad alterada, radiación. ¿Qué se necesitará para llevar a los astronautas a Marte, y regresar, de manera segura? Esta nueva producción animada en el planetario destaca las iniciativas de investigación y entrenamiento de la NASA que están preparando a la próxima generación de astronautas que se dirigirán a Marte.

The Sky Tonight

Learn the skills to find your way around the seasonal night sky as you discover the stars, planets, and other celestial events. This interactive show is different every time, so come back often to see what's up in The Sky Tonight.

Mars: The Ultimate Voyage

On a two-year journey to Mars, astronauts will face extraordinary challenges—long distances, a closed environment, isolation, altered gravity, and radiation. What will it take to get astronauts to Mars and back safely? Explore NASA research and training initiatives preparing the next generation of astronauts traveling to MARS.


Summer exhibits at Schiele Museum create family fun

Gemstone Mining

Put your skills to the test in the running water sluice on The Schiele's Nature Trail! Find and identify beautiful mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds, and rose quartz. Keep what you find!

The Catawba Indian Village

Step back in time as you explore over 400 years of Indigenous history, culture, and survival in our historic Catawba Village! Visit a prehistoric-style bark house, townhouse, and historic 18th and 19th-century cabins to learn about our region's rich cultural heritage.

Snake Saturdays

Slither to the newest exhibit at the Schiele, Friends Not Foes: The Snakes of North Carolina. Uncover the facts about some of the Carolinas' most famous reptiles and meet a few snakes that may be living in your backyard during Snake Saturdays! Purchase tickets at admissions upon arrival.