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Bechtler Collection: Relaunched and Rediscovered

Through April 23

An exhibition expanding of works from the museum’s collection including modern and contemporary artists. Includes a number of themes beginning with an introduction to the Bechtler family and the artists with whom they were close including Adolf Luther, Joan Miró, Italo Valenti, and Eduardo Chillida.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (map)
420 S. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-353-9200

Cool Stuff

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

Exhibit explores science and physics through hands-on interaction and experimentation. The exhibit allows visitors to launch objects into the air, lie on a bed of nails, crush a garbage can, use a laser to listen to secret messages and more. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and $9 for children; Free admission to children under 2 years old

Discovery Place (map)
301 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-372-6261

Explore More Stuff

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

Discover the secrets of stuff through chemistry and physics in this exhibit, which allows visitors to experiment with forces and materials that involve magnetism, electricity and more. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and $9 for children; Free admission to children under 2 years old

Discovery Place (map)
301 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-372-6261

KidScience

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.
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Fun and learning go hand in hand at this exhibit for young visitors. The stimulating atmosphere relates to science and math. Children will learn by touching and testing different environments and activities, including water tables, wind tunnels, blocks, gears and air tubes. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and $9 for children; Free admission to children under 2 years old

Discovery Place (map)
301 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-372-6261

World Alive

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

Exhibit explores the Earths's biodiversity, through a range of habitats and live species. From rainforests to aquariums, viewers can broaden their education and experience related hands-on activities. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and $9 for children; Free admission to children under 2 years old

Discovery Place (map)
301 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-372-6261

Genghis Khan

Through April 30

Explore the culture, conquests and heritage of the world's greatest conqueror when the treasures and stories of Genghis Khan are presented in Charlotte for the first time. Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds and marketplaces of a vanished world. Explore Genghis Khan's life and those of his sons and grandsons during the formation, peak and decline of the Mongol Empire. View gold jewelry and ornaments, silk robes, musical instruments, pottery, sophisticated weaponry and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts. $13-$17

Discovery Place (map)
301 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-372-6261

Boys to Baghdad

Wed., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 21, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Set in the late 1980's and early 90's, this coming-of-age romance explores the challenges of growing into manhood by way of the military, and the lifelong bonds of brotherhood. $28

Duke Energy Theater (map)
345 N. College St.
Uptown
phone 704-372-1000

The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls

Through Jan. 22

Robert Smalls’ life traced a trajectory from escaped slave to Civil War hero to South Carolina legislator and US Congressman. He piloted two warships and helped create South Carolina’s first public schools. Artifacts in this exhibit — offering a view of war and reconstruction — include letters, photos and a replica of the “big house” where Smalls was enslaved. $5-$8

Levine Museum of the New South (map)
200 E. 7th St.
Uptown
phone 704-333-1887

Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers

Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

The interactive exhibit features Charlotte and its 13 surrounding counties as a case study to illustrate the profound changes in the South since the Civil War. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and children 6-18 years old; Free for children 5 years old and under

Levine Museum of the New South (map)
200 E. 7th St.
Uptown
phone 704-333-1887

Romare Bearden Gallery

Wednesdays-Sundays

A permanent gallery devoted to the work of Romare Bearden (1911-1988), who was born in Charlotte. Bearden is best known for his groundbreaking use of collage and vibrant portrayals of American life, depicting subjects that range from contemporary urban scenes to nostalgic recollections of the rural South.

Mint Museum Uptown (map)
500 S. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-337-2000
Mint Museum Uptown (map)
500 S. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-337-2000

Women of Abstract Expressionism

Through Jan. 22

Includes works by female artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Grace Hartigan, as well as works by their colleagues Perle Fine, Jay DeFeo, Sonia Getchoff, Deborah Remington, Ethel Schwabacher, Mary Abbott and Judith Godwin.

Mint Museum Uptown (map)
500 S. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-337-2000

Kristina Rogers: Into the Labyrinth

Ongoing

Rogers combines aspects of art history, religion, and mythology with her own biography and private mementos to create intricately constructed images.

Mint Museum Uptown (map)
500 S. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-337-2000

Smoke: A Tribute to Tony Stewart

Through Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
phone 704-654-4400
guestservices@nascarhall.com

Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marked the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he earned three championships and 13th place on the all-time wins list. But NASCAR is only part of his story. Stewart, known as “Smoke,” also achieved success in open-wheel and go-kart racing and as a team owner later in his career. This exhibit explores Stewart’s incredible achievements in motorsports from his early days of racing to present day. $12.95- $19.95

http://www.nascarhall.com
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NASCAR Hall of Fame (map)
400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Uptown
phone 704-654-4400
Smoke: A Tribute to Tony Stewart

Rockin’ & Racin’

Ongoing

This exhibit explores the musical roots of NASCAR. Mostly, that means showcasing cars that have been driven by musicians, featured in music videos (like a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette in Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama”) and sponsored by musicians (like the 2012 Juan Pablo Montoya No. 42 Chevrolet with Taylor Swift on the hood). There’s more than 40 artifacts, including guitars, trophies, attire and more. (Anita Overcash) $12.95-$19.95; free for children 5 years old and under

NASCAR Hall of Fame (map)
400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Uptown
phone 704-654-4400
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