Free Museums and Free Museum Days in Charlotte

  • 01 of 07

    How You Can Visit Charlotte's Best Museums Completely Free

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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

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    2730 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

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    500 S Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

    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 a 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.

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  • 03 of 07

    Billy Graham Library and Museum

    The Billy Graham Library and Museum
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    4330 Westmont Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217

    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 revivals, one of his personal family living room, one of a television and radio studio, and even one of the Berlin Wall.

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    Levine Museum of the New South

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    200 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

    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.

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    Wells Fargo History Museum

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    401 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

    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 hold mining history, plus actual gold nuggets and rare coins. There's even a a model of an Wachovia Bank branch from Winston-Salem in 1889.

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

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

    551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

    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 showing, 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.

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    President Jame K. Polk Historic Site

    The President James K. Polk Historic Site
    ••• The President James K. Polk Historic Site is located on land in Pineville once owned by his parents. Ted Abbott

    12031 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville, NC 28134

    Located just outside of Charlotte, the President Jame K. Polk Historic Sites 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).