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Duke Energy Funds 2022 Free Tuesdays & Fridays at Schiele Museum

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Contact: Elysabeth Utick
Director of Development

Schiele Museum Free Days in 2022

GASTONIA, N.C. – January 10, 2022 –  The Schiele Museum will once again host free access to their  interior exhibits days, twice-monthly thanks to the generous support of Duke Energy. The popular Free Tuesday program, supported by Duke Energy since 2012, offers free access to the museum’s interior exhibits on the second Tuesday of each month throughout the year. Duke Energy’s Free Tuesday will kick off on January 11 from 12 – 4 PM.

In 2021, Duke Energy expanded the free access opportunities to include the fourth Friday each month. This Free Friday program will continue again throughout 2022 being offered monthly from 12 – 4 PM. Participants in these free days will be able to see the newest exhibit, Cats Untamed, in addition to Dino Safari, Minerals of the World, Henry Hall of the American Indian, and the North American Wildlife and Habitat galleries.

In addition to the free museum access, a free planetarium program is also available on a quarterly basis thanks to Duke Energy. Beginning in January, you can see a free planetarium show while you’re visiting during the Duke Energy Free Days. The James H. Lynn Planetarium at The Schiele boasts the second largest dome in the state with an immersive experience. Spectators can explore the universe or the inner workings of our own planet from their seats.  With this free, quarterly planetarium show, Duke Energy has opened up possibilities for the community to try something new and expand their understanding of the world around them.

“Thousands of guests visited the museum and planetarium during the free days last year,” shared, Dr. Ann Tippitt, Executive Director at The Schiele. “Thanks to Duke Energy’s support, many families were able to have a great experience at the museum that otherwise they might not be able to afford.”

Nearly 10,000 visitors utilized the free days to visit The Schiele in 2021. The continuation of these free days is a welcome relief to the families in search of low-cost options for family entertainment and education.

“It is important to us to share with the community the valuable resources that we have in our own backyard,” said Wegner.  “By offering these free programs at The Schiele, we are able to provide 
access to an organization that educates and entertains families - adding to the quality of life in our region.”

Tickets for the free days can be reserved online up to a week in advance. Planetarium programs will change each quarter, and staff highly recommend reserving these tickets in advance as there is 
limited seating. A list of all the 2022 Free Tuesday, Free Friday, and free planetarium programs are available at where tickets can also be reserved a week in advance of the scheduled program.

For more information, about these and other programs please visit or follow The Schiele Museum on social media.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Inspiring wonder and appreciation of the natural world, The Schiele provides the region with a unique educational resource. Whether through formal instruction or visiting the various exhibits, visitors to The Schiele gain insight into the marvels of the world around them. To find out more, visit or follow The Schiele Museum on social media.

About the Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where  Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in  charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the 
largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity  of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

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