The Mint Museum
Access to digitized images from special exhibitions and the permanent collections of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, along with activities for kids.
Preview your trip on the web: The Mint Museum
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.
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. Both locations are closed on Mondays and major holidays.
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.
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.
Check the museum website for holiday hours
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.
- 5th Grade D.I.G.S.
- Romare Bearden Legacy
Call the museum at 704-337-2098 for more information.
Teachers and students will enjoy these interactive Web pages
- Dig It!: A virtual archaeology exploration of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca world for 5th graders studying Latin American cultures.
- Crafting North Carolina: A hands-on exploration of North Carolina’s hand-made heritage.
- Hands on Crafts: An online studio for kids to play around with pottery, weaving, quilting, and basketry.
- The Mesoamerican Ballgame
- Selections from the Alan Chasanoff Collection
- Turning Wood into Art: About the Jane and Arthur Mason Collection
- Elozua: a thirty-year trip through the timeline of Raymon Elozua’s artistic career.