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While there is a cost of admission for most of Charlotte’s top museums, there are a few places where you’ll find interesting exhibits at no cost—and a few more where you can get in free, if you know the right time to go.
Tuesday Nights at The Mint Museum
Charlotte’s most well known art museum, The Mint, features internationally renowned artists in both its new Uptown location and Randolph Road original location. You’ll find American Art, fashion, Native American art, and more at both locations. And on Tuesday nights from 5 to 9 admission is free.
The Light Factory
This photography and film museum located uptown in Spirit Square is always free. Here you’ll find summer film series and self-guided tours of rotating photography exhibits (with notable names like Ansel Adams and Diane Arbus), as well as numerous classes and lectures.
Duke Energy EnergyExplorium
Grab the kids and head to this fascinating nuclear station located on the shores of Lake Norman. At the McGuire station you can take a virtual tour of the station, play educational games to learn how to use energy, check out a movie about the lake and its electricity, and explore the lake on a mile-long nature trail—all for free.