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Museums in Charlotte

Charlotte is home to a variety of museums, from modern art to history to aircraft. You can learn about the history of Charlotte, the history of the South in general, of the history of aviation in the Carolinas, or view artwork from some of the top national artists.

Carolinas Aviation Museum
Located on the grounds of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the Carolinas Aviation Museum has a collection of over 50 aircraft and a large collection of smaller historic items related to aviation in the North and South Carolina. There are a large number of military aircraft, with each branch of the military being represented.

The Charlotte Museum of History
The Charlotte Museum of History and the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite are made up of multiple buildings that sit on an eight-acre wooded site in east Charlotte. The museum collects, preserves, researches, and interprets regional artifacts, focusing on the history of Charlotte from settlement to rural farm life to the banking center it is today.

Levine Museum of the New South
The "New South" is defined as the era from 1865 to today. The Levine Museum of The New South is an interactive history museum that provides visitors with the most comprehensive history of the post-Civil War southern culture, including women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South...

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
A relatively new museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened its doors in January of 2010. The museum houses works by the most important and influential artists of the mid 20th century. Only a small portion of the artwork here has been on public view in the United States. Until now, the collection was privately held by the Bechtler family...

The Mint Museum of Craft + Design
Known as one of the top craft museums in the nation, the Mint Museum Uptown houses the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art

The Mint Museum of Art
Located in a building that once housed the Charlotte Mint, the Mint Museum of Art opening in 1936, and was the first art museum in North Carolina. Today it features permanent and visiting exhibitions with noted collections of American art, pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics, American decorative arts, historic costumes and...

Charlotte Nature Museum
The Charlotte Nature Museum is also a science museum, but it's dedicated to the natural world (mainly animals). Exhibits like the Nature Nook, Insect Alley and Dragonfly Theatre among others house many North Carolina species, and various shows, events and workshops further teach kids about the animal kingdom.

The Billy Graham Library and Museum
Located on the grounds of the international headquarters of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Billy Graham Library and Museum is devoted to the life and legacy of a man that many people consider one of the greatest Christian evangelists in history.

Carolina Raptor Center
With over 20 species of raptors in their native habitats, the Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental conservation and the protection of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.

Carolina Raptor Center
Carolina Raptor Center

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
The Harvey B. Gantt African-American Arts & Cultural Center helps celebrate African-American history and art. Located in what was once "Brooklyn," a thriving black community in Charlotte, the center serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach.

First Full Weekend of Each Month Means Free Museums in Charlotte
The first full weekend of every month, several museums in Charlotte offer free access to Bank of America cardholders as part of the "Museums on Us" program. Several Charlotte museums participate in this program.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Photo Gallery

Carolinas Aviation Museum Photo Gallery

The Duke Energy EnergyExplorium
If you've ever wondered just how the facility works, how electricity gets from the plant to your home, of simply what energy is and how it's made, the EnergyExplorium, located just outside of Charlotte, will answer those questions and more.

Hotels Near the Billy Graham Library
The Billy Graham Library is one of the top-rated attractions in Charlotte. Here's where to stay if you want to be near the museum.

The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Light and Film
Charlotte's Light Factory is one of only four photography/film museums in the United States. It's a great spot, and truly a hidden gem in Charlotte. Find out everything you'll need to know to visit.

Wells Fargo History Museum
The Wells Fargo Museum in Uptown Charlotte tells the story of gold mining in Charlotte and the history of the bank that calls Charlotte home.

North Carolina Transportation Museum (Spencer, NC)
Here's everything you'll need to know to visit the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC.

Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum


Historic Latta Plantation
All the information you'll need to visit Historic Latta Plantation in Charlotte, including hours, dates, admission prices and more.

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