Must-Visit Museums

The Bechtler
The Bechtler

Museums are a big part of our global culture, displaying some of the most amazing things our world had, has, and will have to offer including art, technology, history and everything in between. As Charlotte has grown into a leading southern city, so have our cultural opportunities. Our city has some of the very best museums in the region and in the country and we urge you to take advantage of all of these opportunities.

Mint Museum

When famous Charlotte landmarks come to mind one thinks of the Mint Museum on Randolph Road. Along with their landmark location, the Mint has opened a second beautiful space in uptown Charlotte. Over the years the Mint has brought timeless, breathtaking pieces of art to the Carolinas. Through it’s diverse art exhibitions featuring the best art from around the world, the Mint Museum is able to educate the community on various periods of time and genres of art, artists, and design all the while bringing a level of integrity to the art community with each collection.

• Exhibit you must see:  North Carolina Pottery Then & Now
• Event you can’t miss: Bearing Witness: NY Photo League
• For more info: www.mintmuseum.org.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is one of the finest museums this country has to offer. Located on South Tryon, the museum is truly one-of-a-kind. It features Mid-20th century works of art such as Picasso and Warhol. Since 2010 This Museum has blossomed in Charlotte becoming one of the premier go-to-spots uptown. It features modern art at it’s finest, displaying art work that inspired the artists of this generation.

• Exhibit you must see: Julius Bissier: Works 1956-1963
• Event you can’t miss: Music & Museum Living Room Concert
• For more info: www.bechtler.org.

Charlotte Museum of History

The Hezekiah Alexander House is one of the oldest houses in Mecklenburg county. Located on Shamrock Drive, the Hezekiah Alexander House is home to the Charlotte Museum of History. This museum focuses on moments from the city’ history since its inception through the use of art exhibits, history exhibits, classes, and programs. The staff at the Charlotte Museum of History also spends time researching and collecting data on regional pieces of local history. This house and museum has been a staple in Charlotte for years and will continue to be for many to come.

• Exhibit you must see: Charlotte Neighborhoods
• For more info: www.charlottemuseum.org.
Levine Museum of the New South

It’s always fun when art interacts with you. The award-winning Levine Museum of the New South aims to interact with everyone that sets foot into their “New South” atmosphere. The Civil War period is one of the most dramatic in American History. Levine captures The South after the war by gathering the sights, sounds, art work, and ideas that take us from then to now. Located on east 7th street, it’s one of the best museums you will ever visit.

• Exhibit you must see: Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers
• Event you can’t miss: Black History Month Film Screenings
• For more info: www.museumofthenewsouth.org

Charlotte Nature Museum

Located on Sterling Road, the Charlotte Nature Museum has always carried a sterling reputation second-to-none. The museum that sits beside Freedom Park has been a staple since 1951. They focus on live animals and nature, educating young children on the importance of our outdoor environment. The small musuem space that hides amongst the trees is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable adventure. This place is fun for all ages.  

• Exhibit you must see: The Shadow Knows
• Event you can’t miss: Great Backyard Bird Count
• For more info: www.charlottenaturemuseum.org

Discovery Place

Discovery Place, the sister museum of the Charlotte Nature Museum, has been open since 1981. The 72,000 square foot learning center touches all branches of science and imagination. From simulating a Nasa shuttle mission to learning about dinosaurs, Discovery Place on North Tryon is the place for young and old scientists. It is the best field trip you will ever go on.

• Exhibit you must see: 101 Inventions That Changed The World
• Event you can’t miss: Build it, Make it, Take it: Time Fountain
• For more info: www.discoveryplace.org