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Priceless: Free Museum Days in Charlotte

Exterior Photo of the Bechtler Museum of Modern ArtWe all want a little culture in our lives, and it’s even better if we can get it for free. Museums in Charlotte make sure that happens, surprisingly more often than you realize. Here are some tips on what, where and when to get your culture fix at Charlotte’s most fascinating culture palaces.

Mint Museum

Did you know the Mint Museum has two locations in Charlotte and they’re both jam-packed with collections of American, European and Native American art? There are also revolving exhibitions of treasures from across the world, including African wood carvings, archaeological findings from ancient Mesoamerica and traditional Maya textiles. You can visit both locations at no charge on Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. There’s a good chance you’ll find other activities going on as well, including music, poetry and dance.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler MOMA flings out the freebies on the third Friday of every month. It’s called the Bechtler by Night event, which provides entrance to its fascinating exhibits at no charge from 5 to 9 p.m. You’ll get a special gallery tour along with extras like hands-on art activities and scavenger hunts. The museum also plays host to Family Day on dedicated Saturdays throughout the year; check the museum website for dates and times.

Always Free

Some museums in and around Charlotte are always free, with no admission charges and no age restrictions. These include the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville, which re-creates life in the 1800s while highlighting the life story of American’s 11th president. The Wells Fargo History Museum on South Tryon Street is also free whenever it’s open, which is Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m. Exhibits center around gold mining in North Carolina, including a re-created underground mine tunnel, stagecoach, gold nuggets and rare old coins.

Free-for-All Days

Several times per year, various organizations sponsor free museum days across the country, including in Charlotte. The Bank of America Museum On Us day offers free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers to museums such as Bechtler Museum, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Mint, and Levine Museum of the New South.

Give yourself the gift of culture when making your home in Charlotte. Call today for a tour of our Charlotte apartment communities and to hear about our special amenities.