It is fun to live in an apartment in Charlotte, NC? However, sometimes when you live in a city you forget to play tourist. Take some time out of your busy schedule to get back in touch with this charming and cultural city. Charlotte is filled with all types of cultural attractions. Whatever type museum you are looking for, you will find in our Southern city.
Charlotte has some amazing museums located within walking distance in the downtown area. Make a day or a weekend of it, and visit them all. Three museums in particular are located just a few blocks from each other with plenty of interesting artwork, memorabilia and history.
The Mint Museum Uptown is sure to be a favorite. You will find some amazing American Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Craft/Design pieces. Allow plenty of time to explore the Fairytales, Fantasy and Fear exhibit. It is filled with some unique and interesting artwork. The museum also has a café and museum shop, which features crafts from across North Carolina.
Located next door is the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which features mid-20th century European and Modern Art. Before you enter the museum, take a look at the 17-foot tall terra cotta-tiled piece of artwork located outside at the entrance of the museum. It’s filled with gems by many notable artists, including Picasso and Warhol. A free audio guide is offered which gives a history of the collection, including information on the Bechtler family that donated the items.
Just a short walk away is Levine Museum of the New South. The exhibit, “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers,” provides a look at the American South from the end of the Civil War to modern times. There are plenty of interactive displays, including opportunities for visitors to step inside a tenant farmer’s house, wander along a 1920s main street and try on a hat in an early department store. The museum also features changing exhibits.
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