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Levine Museum of the New South

From Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, Celebrate Charlotte's History


Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh Street

Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

Adults: $6.00
Seniors: (62+) and Students $5.00
Children: (6-18 $5.00
Family: $17.00
Under 6: free
Groups of 10 or more (with reservation): $4.00

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 since the Civil War.

Of course, the museum does focus on Charlotte and the surrounding Piedmont.

The centerpiece of the museum is the permanent exhibition, "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South." At over 8,000 square feet, the exhibit features Charlotte and 13 surrounding counties as demonstration of the changes in the South since the Civil War. Visitors can check out a one-room tenant farmers house, run a hands through a pile of seed cotton, listen to the churning of the cotton mill, play checkers on the front porch of a mill house, sit in Good Samaritans Hospital Chapel (one of the first African-American hospitals in the South), walk down main street and try on a hat in an early Belk department store or sit at a lunch counter and hear personal accounts from local sit-in leaders. This exhibit was named one of the best exhibitions in the Southeast by the Southeastern Museums Conference Curators' Committee 2002.

Overall, you can't find a better picture of post-Civil War Charlotte than at the Levine. With interactive exhibits, lectures, events, workshops and even walking tours, it's a great way to see how this city and this region has evolved since the Civil War. Check out a calendar of events for more info on everything the museum has to offer.

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