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The Mint Museum of Art

View Artwork From Local to International Artists, From the 1700s to Today


The Mint Museum of Art (Randolph)
2730 Randolph Road

Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays: Closed
Wednesday: 11 a.m.to 9 p.m. (FREE admission 5 to 9 p.m.)
Thursday to Saturday: 11 a.m.to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Admission to the Mint Museum Randolph and the Mint Museum Uptown are both free on Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is valid for two days from the date of purchase, and for both locations, but you must show your receipt to the front desk on the second day or the second location.

Adults : $12
College Students/ Seniors (65+) with ID : $9
Children 5-17 : $6
Children 4 and under : Free
Special exhibition fees may apply

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 accessories, African art, Asian art, historic maps, contemporary art and photography.

The museum is the largest visual arts institution in Charlotte and is the home of the largest public collection of Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden. The American Art collection holds around 900 works created between the late 1700s and 1945. It includes portraits of the Federal era, 19th century landscapes, and paintings from the group known as "The Eight" (Robert Henri, George Luks, William Glackens, John Sloan, Everett Shinn, Maurice Prendergast, Ernest Lawson, and Arthur Bowen Davies). Works by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, and Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole and Sanford Gifford are also highlights.

The Art of the Ancient Americas collection contains 2,000 objects from over 40 different culutres covering more than 4,500 years. The collection includes body adornments, tools, ceramic vessels, sculpture, textiles, and metal ornaments. There are about 2,230 objects in the Mint's collection of Contemporary Art. These include the Bearden collection and other works on paper, contemporary sculpture, and photography from circa 1945 to the present.

The museum's collection of Decorative Arts, which is considered to be one of nation's best, is primarily focused on ceramics. With over 12,000 objects from 2000 B.C. to 1950 A.D., a variety of ancient Chinese ceramics, English and European artifacts from the 18th century, American decorative pottery and North Carolina pottery.

About 10,000 items of men's, women's, and children's fashion articles from the early 18th century to present-day are a part of the museum's collection of Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress, which takes a look at the art of fashion.

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