Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture Tours
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What is now Uptown, Charlotte’s main business district, was historically known as Brooklyn, the center of the city’s black community. One of Uptown’s main attractions is now the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, an important art museum in a city that is, over 150 years after the Civil War, still divided along racial lines. Providing well-rounded insight into the black communities of both Charlotte and the South as a whole, the museum presents art exhibits, stage performances, lectures and more.
Named for a prominent local architect who served as Charlotte’s first black mayor in the 1980s, the museum’s modern building features an outdoor staircase called “Jacob’s Ladder,” a powerful symbol of African-American ascent through education and enlightenment. A unique pattern of slanted lines symbolizes textile patterns used in West Africa and in quilts during the Underground Railroad era.
The Gantt Center’s main art collection includes works by local artist Romare Bearden, as well as 19th-century painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African-American artist to gain international acclaim. Rotating exhibits include a wide variety of mediums, including photography, sculpture and video, and lectures, demonstrations and classes illustrate traditional African dance, music theory, theatre, “slam” poetry and more.
Address: 551 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202, USA
Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 5pm; Mon: Closed
Admission: Adults: $8; Senior/Student: $6
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture
Mountain Bike Tours
Get to know the best of North Carolina’s largest city on this guided, 90-minute bike tour of Charlotte. Explore Charlotte's history, discover its architecture and art and get to know its hottest spots for entertainment. This “Favorite Things” tour includes a trip through the historic Fourth Ward and the Green, past the Levine Center for the Arts and its exciting affiliates, plus the Mint Museum, centrally situated Trade and Tyron streets and more. Use of a bike and helmet is included.
A Segway tour of Charlotte is fun, safe and informative! Follow your knowledgeable local guide as you glide through the upbeat Uptown neighborhood. Sights on this tour include the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Mint Museum, and the Gantt Center. Choose a 1.5-hour ride, or add an extra 30 minutes to see a couple of additional sights: two historic cemeteries and the stadium home of the Carolina Panthers.
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What are Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture hours of operation?
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture hours of operation: Tues-Sun: 10am - 5pm; Mon: Closed. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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