Charlotte’s Mint Uptown Museum is the oldest art museum in North Carolina and has one of the most extensive collections in the South. The museum is named for the original location, Mint Museum RANDOLPH, which was originally a branch of the United States Mint. It opened as an art museum in 1936 and now holds the European and African collections.
The Mint Museum UPTOWN is known for its collection of craft and design pieces, as well as European and American art. There is a wing devoted to native Charlotte artist Romare Bearden, who was known for his mixed media pieces during the Harlem Renaissance.
It’s entirely possible to spend an entire afternoon wandering around Mint Uptown, so break up your day with lunch at Halcyon Flavors from the Earth, located inside the museum, or one of the many nearby restaurants. Be sure to check the schedule for events at the museum, like art lectures, family days and film screenings.
If You Go
The Mint Uptown Museum is located in central Charlotte at 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202. The museum is open on Wednesdays from 11 am to 9 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 1-5 pm. Mint Uptown is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children. Ticket price gets you into both Mint Uptown and Mint Randolph and can be purchased at the museum. Call (704) 337-2000 for more information.
My visit to the Mint Uptown Museum was hosted by the Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority but all opinions are my own.