What are the best museums in Charlotte?

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Charlotte offers more to do than you’d probably think, with a variety of professional sports, museums and historical sites that will keep you and your whole family busy. Here are the best museums for you to visit in the area:

1. The Charlotte Museum of History and Hezekiah Alexander Homesite includes the Hezekiah Alexander House, the oldest dwelling still standing in Mecklenburg County. There’s also a two-story spring house with a working log kitchen. Tours are included with entry.

2. On the James K. Polk Memorial State Historic Site, the birthplace of the 11th president of the United States, you’ll find a replica of a log cabin and outbuildings with authentic furnishings. There’s also a visitor center with exhibits and films.

3. Hands-on science museum, Discovery Place, gives kids a chance to learn about electricity, weather, rocks, minerals and other scientific wonders. Check out the aquarium, science circus, life center, rain forest, collections gallery, OMNIMAX theater and major traveling exhibits.

4. The Levine Museum of New South chronicles the history of the post-Civil War South with an ever-changing series of exhibits featuring industry, ideas, people and historical eras, such as the civil rights movement.

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There’s no shortage of museums for exploring during a trip to Charlotte. Whether you’re an art lover or seeking scientific displays, the city has many spots to satiate your education craving. But if your time is limited, here are the three can’t-miss spots for soaking in the latest exhibits in town.

The Mint Museum of Art
The Mint is the granddaddy of Charlotte museums. The original location to the south of uptown has long been a favorite of the artistic set. Now, it’s the newer—and much larger—uptown version that’s getting most of the attention, but together, the two museums feature literally hundreds collections of art and design. The uptown version, which opened in 2010, offers 145,000 square feet over five floors of art from famed artists, including the largest public collection of Charlotte-born artist, Romare Bearden.

Bechlter Museum of Modern Art
Located next door to uptown’s Mint Museum, this space, named after Andreas Bechtler, is focused entirely on mid-20th-century modern art. The stark space itself is stunning, but the names behind the works of art it holds are its most impressive feature. Here you’ll find works by Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Jean Tinguely, and Alberto Giacometti among many more.

NASCAR Hall of Fame
Sure, it’s not your typical museum, but this 150,000-square-foot, artifact-packed space is full of  exhibits showcasing the famed sports. In addition to the eye-catching Glory Road, a ramp featuring more than 15 historic cars, the spot features a 278-seat theater showing films about the history of the sport, racing simulators offering the chance to feel a driver’s experience, and galleries showing the sport’s storied history.

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