How to Visit Charlotte's Best Museums for Free

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    How to See Museums for Free

    Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina Skyline
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    Charlotte is home to a number of great museums, many of them with internationally recognized collections. Whether you're interested in viewing artwork from centuries ago, the lives of people oceans apart, or the history of the town you're in, there's plenty to see.

    Some of Charlotte's great museums are free all the time, some free one time a week, and some free one time a month. Here's a primer on how to get into Charlotte museums for free.

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  • 02 of 07

    Mint Museum of Art and Mint Museum of Craft + Design

    The Mint Museum during an outdoor festival
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    From 5 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday, there's no charge for Charlotte's Mint Museum of Art (Randolph) or the Mint Museum of Craft and Design Uptown. The Museum of Craft and Design is an internationally-recognized five-story gallery, while the museum of art has pieces that range from centuries-old to today.

    You'll also earn free admission here on the first full weekend of each month if you have a Bank of America credit or debit card.

    Location: 2730 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28207

    500 S Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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    Billy Graham Library and Museum

    A group of people entering the Billy Graham Library and Museum
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    The Billy Graham Library and Museum is always free and is devoted to the life and legacy of a man that many people consider one of the greatest Christian evangelists in history. The galleries feature presentations, artifacts, pictures, voices, and more from Graham's lifetime and give evidence of the billions of lives he has influenced. Visitors will find recreations of crucial parts of Graham's life: one of a tent revival, one of his personal family living room, one of a television and radio studio, and even one of the Berlin Wall.

    Location: 4330 Westmont Dr, Charlotte, North Carolina 28217

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    Levine Museum of the New South

    The exterior of the Levine Museum of the New South at dusk
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    The Levine Museum of the New South is free to visitors on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. (only for groups of less than 10 people). Be sure to park at 7th Street Station for parking validation for two hours on weekdays (and all day on weekends). The Levine Museums is one of Charlotte's best​ and tells the story of the city from the Civil War to today.

    You'll also earn free admission here on the first full weekend of each month if you have a Bank of America credit or debit card.

    Location: 200 E 7th St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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    Wells Fargo History Museum

    The entrance of the Wells Fargo History Museum in Charlotte, NC
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    Wells Fargo has their East Coast operations headquartered in Charlotte, and their museum of history is free to visitors. It's a smaller museum, but it still has plenty of interesting artifacts.

    Wells Fargo history exhibits feature a rare Concord stagecoach, built in the mid-19th century. like a stagecoach that visitors can climb on, an interactive telegraph, a recreated underground mine tunnel that shows Charlotte's gold mining history, plus actual gold nuggets and rare coins. There's even a model of a Wachovia Bank branch from Winston-Salem in 1889.​

    Location: 401 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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    Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

    Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
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    The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture celebrates the contributions of Africans and African- Americans to American culture. It also serves as a community center for hosting music and dance presentations, theater shows, visual arts ​shows, outreach programs, and more.

    You'll also earn free admission here on the first full weekend of each month if you have a Bank of America credit or debit card.

    Location: 551 S Tryon St., Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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    President Jame K. Polk Historic Site

    Interior of the James K. Polk birthplace cabin
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    Located just outside of Charlotte, the President Jame K. Polk Historic Site is located on land that was formerly owned by President Polk's parents. The site features a log cabin, plus an authentically furnished barn and kitchen. The site's visitor center shows a film on Polk's life and has exhibits on his family (and his rocky presidency).

    Location: 12031 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville, North Carolina 28134