Attractions

Museum in Charlotte

Levine Museum of the New South

Tracing the story of the ‘New South’ that emerged from the ashes of the Civil War, this committed museum explores the years of Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights movement. Haunting Dorothea Lange photos …
Museum in Charlotte

Mint Museum Randolph

The US Mint opened its first-ever outpost in Uptown Charlotte in 1837, using gold mined in the mountains nearby. Transported 3 miles southeast a century later, the building now holds treasures ranging from ceramic m…
Museum in Charlotte

NASCAR Hall of Fame

The race-car simulator ($5) at this rip-roaring Uptown museum hurtles you onto the track and into an eight-car race that feels surprisingly real. Elsewhere, learn the history of an American-born sport whose roots li…
Museum in Charlotte

Mint Museum Uptown

A stunning modernist edifice tucked between mighty skyscrapers, the Uptown portion of Charlotte’s Mint Museum consists of two distinct halves. One makes a chronological journey through American art from the 18th cen…
Plantation in Charlotte

Historic Latta Plantation

This 19th-century cotton plantation occupies a small corner of a scenic nature preserve, a dozen miles north of Uptown Charlotte. Exhibits in the visitor center tell the story of the Latta family and their 32 slaves…
Museum in Charlotte

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

An Uptown landmark, thanks to sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle’s huge mirror-tiled Firebird out front, this showcase for 20th-century art was donated to the city by the Bechtlers, a family of Swiss industrialists. High…
Science Center in Charlotte

Discovery Place Science

Illustrating simple scientific principles with eye-catching displays, Discovery Place is targeted largely at kids. It centers on a steamy rainforest that's inhabited by live macaws, and crossed by a swaying (not at …
Bird Sanctuary in Charlotte

Carolina Raptor Center

A pleasant woodland stroll within the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve leads past aviaries holding predatory birds that have suffered injuries – you may come across volunteers taking a vulture for a walk. En route y…
Religious Site in Charlotte

Billy Graham Library

This multimedia 'library' celebrates superstar evangelist and 'pastor to the presidents' Billy Graham, who was born in Charlotte in 1918 and died just short of his 100th birthday in 2018. The engaging and informativ…
Museum in Charlotte

Charlotte Museum of History

There’s a lot to read at Charlotte’s history museum, in a restored mansion 6 miles east of the center. Wordy displays explain the city’s origins, and its role in the American Revolution, in great detail. There’s lit…