Charlotte museums are stoic, grand and vulnerable a small stand of giant Sequoias sprouting from an asphalt savanna. Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte Museum of History and the two Mints are the best bundle in the state, and together boast more high-end shows than most cities. With last years Andy Warhol Portfolios
, Claire Leightons Quiet Spirit, Skillful Hand
and Jiha Moons Turbulent Utopia
, the original Mint on Randolph noses out most of her vaunted competition, but we denizens of Charlotte are the real winners. On the other hand, you wont find a better snapshot of post-Civil War Southern society than at the Levine. Interactive exhibits, events, lectures, workshops and walking tours all come together for a comprehensive look at the citys history and sociological evolution since 1865. Changing Places, a current exhibit that examines Charlottes increasingly diverse culture, allows and encourages visitors to become part of the project. And the space itself is immaculate a great place to throw a party.
Mint Museum of Art
2730 Randolph Road
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.