The Best Museums in Charlotte, NC


There’s absolutely no shortage of exciting attractions to choose from in Charlotte, North Carolina whether you’re in town visiting or a local. Included in those many attractions are several museums that are brimming with a wealth of information and artifacts on a variety of subjects that range from science and history to art.

Here’s a list of four of Charlotte’s best museums that should be on everyone’s must-visit list while in the Queen City:

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art boasts a collection of nationally recognized exhibits that includes works by important artists of the mid 20th century, including Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. As an added bonus, several of the museum’s pieces have never been on display before in the U.S. as they were part of the Bechtler family’s personal art collection in Switzerland.

The museum also hosts a myriad of activities and events throughout the year that range from special jazz evenings and family days to guest lectures with renowned artists from all over the world. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for youth ages 11-18.

Discovery Place Science Museum

The entire family will enjoy exploring all the Discovery Place Science Museum has to offer. Made up of a combination of both permanent and rotating exhibits, Discovery Place features a wide variety of interactive activities, science experiments, and even its own aquarium.

Additionally, the science museum has a planetarium and the largest IMAX theater in North Carolina, which is a whopping three stories high and offers daily screenings. Tickets are $17 for adults and $13 for children ages 2-13. IMAX tickets can be purchased separately for $10 for an adult and $9 for a child.

Levine Museum of The New South

Follow the Queen City’s long journey from the tumultuous days after the Civil War to the height of the city’s reign as a textile powerhouse to its transformation into the major financial hub it is today at the Levine Museum of The New South.

The museum’s central exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers gives visitors an in-depth look at the city’s fascinating past through thousands of historic images and artifacts that have been preserved and restored. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for kids.

Mint Museum Uptown

The expansive, five-story Mint Museum Uptown is home to a variety of traveling and permanent collections that include a multitude of American, Contemporary and European artworks. 

A sampling of current exhibitions includes Arts of Africa — a collection of art that takes a deeper look into the religions and cultures across Africa, Portals of The Past: British Ceramics 1675-1825 — a collection of 18th-century British pottery and porcelain, and Wares of The World: Asian Influence in Contemporary North Carolina Ceramics.

The Mint also has a studio where guests can create their own works of art, a museum store, and restaurant inside the Mint. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-17.

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

Interest Rate vs. APR (And Other Mortgage Questions)

The mortgage process is pretty complicated. Even if you’ve gone through it before, it’s easy to get tripped up with all the steps, documentation, and financial jargon of it all. Are you planning on applying for a mortgage soon? Before diving straight in, here are some answers to commonly asked mortgage questions.

Two 55+ active adults relaxing in lounge chairs by the beach.

How to Decide Which State to Retire In

It’s common for active adults to relocate to a new state for retirement, and with thousands of 55+ communities across the country, it’s difficult to find the perfect place without narrowing the search first by state. The best guideline is to move to a state that can provide the lifestyle you’re looking for.

An asthmatic 55+ woman reaching for an inhaler.

The Best Places to Retire If You Have Asthma

Climate, geography, and access to health care providers are all key considerations for those with a chronic health condition. Let’s explore some of the best places to retire if you have asthma and what factors may be particularly important to you in a retirement destination.

Happy senior couple relaxes while fishing together by the lake in their 55+ community.

55+ Communities for Lake Lovers: Discover the Top 5 Destinations

Boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports are popular pastimes for many active adults. While these activities are frequently found in coastal areas, water-loving retirees can enjoy living inland when they choose a community that offers access to a lake!

A mature woman explores an art gallery with her granddaughter in one of her favorite retirement cities.

The 4 Best Places to Retire if You Love Art

Retirement is your chance to devote yourself to the pastimes you love! If you love art, a handful of places across the U.S. will suit you best. Today, the team at is here to explore communities all over the nation that you’re sure to love.

Blueprints and tools on a desk as home builders plan a construction site.

The Top Active Adult Home Builders

Active adults at the start of their home search often come across multiple communities by the same developers. That’s because the most well-known 55+ community developers in the country have crafted hundreds of luxury communities in many retirement destinations across the nation.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top