500 South Tryon Street
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.
College Students and Seniors (65+) with an ID $8
Children 5-17 $5
Children 4 and under free
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 Charlotte area was built on crafts and textiles, and this museum celebrates that history. The museum's collection is made up of crafts in glass, metal, fiber, wood, mixed-media, and clay, including jewelry and furniture. Over 2,500 works are in its permanent collections, which the museums says "presents the creative evolution of studio craft from the utilitarian objects of the 19th century to the art of today."
The museum opened in 1999 when the Mint Museum of Art donated over $8 million for the purchase of an Uptown space to house the museum's craft and design collection. Its permanent collection has been described as "complex and eclectic", featuring "everything from fine jewelry to fiber arts, from wacky, satirical, narrative ceramic sculpture.to product design."
The museum isn't the largest, as it usually takes 60 to 90 minutes for most visitors, but especially when you pair admission with the museum on Randolph Road, it's worth it.