The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900. www.schielemuseum.org.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Activities: The Schiele Museum provides interactive learning activities for all ages with exhibits like a backcountry farm, Catawba Indian village, stone age site, N.C. Wildlife Hall, nature trail, touch tank, live animals and more. Guests will be able to learn about the natural world with collections of flora, fauna, minerals and fossils at the museum. After touring the Schiele Museum, visitors can also stop by the gift store for memorabilia, snacks and beverages.
Cost: Adults cost $7 for museum entry or $10 for both museum and planetarium entry. Children ages 4-18, students with an ID ages 18 and over, and seniors 65 and older are cost $6 for museum or $9 for museum and planetarium. Gastonia residents and members receive discounts.
Target Audience: All ages.
Directions from uptown: US-74 W. Turn left at South New Hope Road. Turn right at East Garrison Boulevard.
Distance from Charlotte: About 30 minutes.