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The Mint Museum of Art comprises a single, dynamic institution with two unique locations. The Mint Museum holds strikingly distinct collections that define each facility and offer the opportunity for an enriched and full understanding of art, craft and design.

The Mint Museum honors the legacy of the region’s rich craft heritage and serves as an invaluable educational asset to the community. The exhibitions and collections at both locations are complemented by extensive educational opportunities, including artists’ demonstrations, art classes, gallery talks, student artist galleries, reference libraries and numerous family activities.

Mint Museum of Art

Housed in what was the first branch of the United States Mint, the Mint Museum of Art opened in 1936 as the first art museum in the state of North Carolina. The Museum contains a permanent collection that ranges from the Precolumbian era through Colonial America to the present day.

With works as diverse as the 18th century coronation portraits of Britain’s King George III and Queen Charlotte and the distinctive 20th century collages of Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden, the holdings of the Mint Museum of Art reflect the importance of both past and present artistic traditions. The ceramics collection is regarded as one of the best in the country, featuring works such as ancient Chinese ceramics, 18th century European and English wares, and North Carolina pottery. Social history can be examined through the distinctive lens offered by the extensive historic costume collection, which emphasizes ever-changing tastes and functions in clothing and accessories over the centuries.

Two locations

The Mint Museum has expanded to an innovative, state-of-the-art facility in Charlotte’s burgeoning Uptown area. The expansion provides larger and more flexible exhibition space, unique galleries to showcase the collections, and a Family Gallery to reinforce the Museum’s dual priorities of art and education.

The Mint Museum of Art also has its location on Randolph Road in Eastover, one of Charlotte’s most historic suburban neighborhoods. With the opening of the Uptown location, the Mint Museum of Art on Randolph Road dedicates its galleries to showcasing the wealth of its Ceramics, Art of the Ancient Americas, and Historic Costume collections along with presenting European Art, Spanish Colonial Art, Asian Art, and Coins and Currency.

The Mint Museum’s new Uptown facility combines inspiring architecture with groundbreaking exhibitions to provide unparalleled art experiences for its visitors. Its notable collections of American Art and Contemporary Art, as well as a small portion of its European Art collection enhance the gallery space.

The Mint Museum of Art is located at 2730 Randolph Road in Charlotte and The Uptown museum is located at 500 South Tryon Street in Charlotte. For more information, please call (704) 337-2000.


Members Free
Adults : $12
College Students/ Seniors (65+) with ID : $9
Children 5-17 : $6
Children 4 and under : Free
Special exhibition fees may apply

A paid ticket is good for the same-day admission to both locations. Group tours are available. For information on booking your group, please call the Tour Coordinator at (704) 337-2043.

Museum Shops:
Merchandise includes national and regional crafts, jewelry, adult and children’s books, posters and more. A visit to the shops does not require museum admission.

Museum hours

Wed 11AM-9PM
Thurs-Sat 11AM-6PM
Sun 1-5PM

Check the museum website for holiday hours.

Note: Admission to Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown are both free on Wednesday evenings, excluding special exhibits, from 5PM-9PM. Admission to the museum is valid for two days from the date of purchase, must present original receipt to the front desk on the second day or at the second location.

Wheelchairs are available to those with disabilities. Please contact the front desk staff at 704-337-2000 for more information.

Can’t make a trip to the museum? They have free traveling trunks with books, videos, CDs, visual aids, activities and lesson plans. Choose from the following collections.

  • Clay
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • 5th Grade D.I.G.S.
  • Romare Bearden Legacy

Call the museum at 704-337-2098 for more information.

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