Mint Museum of Art Tours
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Named for its former status as a branch of the U.S. Mint, the Mint Museum was, when it originally opened in 1936, the first art museum in North Carolina. Having outgrown its original Federal-style building, the museum was split into two locations in 2010.
The Mint Uptown is focused largely on American and European art from the 18th century on, but also features craft and design galleries of (largely) North Carolina-produced glass, pottery, jewelry and more. There are generally two rotating exhibits here – often by photography and new media artists – and the ongoing exhibition of local artist Romare Bearden’s modernist paintings and prints.
The Mint Randolph houses four permanent collections from the original Mint Museum: Art of the Ancient Americas, including Aztec and pre-Colombian clay and gold objects; a historic costume and accessories gallery that spans three centuries; Native American Art, including performance masks from Mexico and Guatemala; and a gallery of over 12,500 decorative art objects from around the world. The museum also stages 12 rotating exhibitions at any one time, highlighting objects and costumes from the original Mint Museum’s collections, as well as the work of Southern artists.
Address: 500 S. Tryon Street / 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Hours: Weds: 11am - 9pm; Thurs-Sat: 11am - 6pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm; Closed: Mon and Tues
Admission: Adults: $10; Senior/Student: $8; Child (5-17): $5
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Mint Museum of Art
Explore Charlotte aboard a 7-person golf cart, on this small-group tour of the area. With a local guide at the wheel, visit popular landmarks like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Discovery Place, the Mint Museum, the Imaginon and Levine Museum of the New South, and more. Visit all of Charlotte's historical sites, as well some of the more modern, popular areas in the city. The tour concludes at a local restaurant where you can sample a popular dish (included with your tour).
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Mint Museum of Art hours of operation?
Mint Museum of Art hours of operation: Weds: 11am - 9pm; Thurs-Sat: 11am - 6pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm; Closed: Mon and Tues. 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.
What's the best way to experience Mint Museum of Art ?
The best ways to experience Mint Museum of Art are:
- Charlotte's Historical City Tour
- Charlotte City Bike Tour
- Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte