Here Are the Reopening Dates for Charlotte Museums
Some venues' hours are changing, too
As museums are now able to reopen at 50-percent capacity, many are starting to open their doors, with COVID measures in place. Below, we have the roster of Charlotte museums and the plans each has in place:
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Reopens on Sept. 25
This uptown venue, part of the Levine Center for the Arts, presents the works of 20th-century modern artists in a new context for today’s audiences. The curatorial team assembles shows that pull from the famous Bechtler family’s collection and other community collections. The museum is free to all visitors during its first weekend back (Sept. 25-27).
The Mint Museums (Uptown + Randolph)
500 S. Tryon St.
2730 Randolph Rd.
Reopen on Sept. 25
As the state’s first art museum, Mint Museum Randolph opened in an original branch of the U.S. Mint in 1936. Galleries continue to engage visitors with the art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, and European and African art. The museum is free to all visitors during its first weekend back (Sept. 25-27).
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Reopen on Sept. 19
For more than two decades, the museum has provided groundbreaking exhibits and context for some of the South’s most significant events. One of the museum’s core values is “using history to build community.” Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, an award-winning exhibit that spans 8,000 square feet, uses Charlotte and its 13 surrounding counties as a case study to explore the “profound changes in the South since the Civil War.”
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Reopen on Sept. 26
This uptown landmark educates and entertains visitors of all ages in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The museum has experiments, interactive exhibits, an aquarium, and even an on-site rainforest. KidScience, the center’s early education exhibition for children up to 7, offers kids the chance to build and race cars, explore colors and light at the Light Table, and experience a gust of wind at the Wind Wall. Starting Sept. 26, the museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. M.L.K. Jr.
This uptown complex provides a variety of attractions for racing fans, including hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art theater, and the Hall of Honor, where racing greats are enshrined. Every three years, the Hall’s signature exhibit Glory Road receives a makeover with a new theme and 18 new racecars.
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Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
Part of uptown’s Levine Center for the Arts campus, the Gantt Center focuses on works by Africans and African-Americans. The museum’s permanent exhibition, the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, showcases 58 works from 20 artists, including Romare Bearden.
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr.
The city’s history is put under a microscope at this east Charlotte museum. The continuing exhibition, Solving the Rock House Mysteries, explores the concept of preservation through the example of the 5,000-square-foot Hezekiah Alexander House, built in 1774. The ongoing exhibit Charlotte Neighborhoods uses maps, photos, text, and other information to show how neighborhoods across the city were formed.