9 Exciting Ways To Experience The Mint

9 Exciting Ways To Experience The Mint

The Mint Museum, North Carolina's oldest art museum and one of the largest collections in the Southeast, has built itself into an unrivaled institution. Not only do the two museum locations feature inspiring and transformative art experiences, but they are also home to an award-winning restaurant and host a number of free, engaging events making their collections inviting to all. From yoga in the galleries to wine nights to free tours of ground-breaking exhibitions, the Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown offer something special for all.

Meander Through Craft Collections at the Mint at Mint Museum UPTOWN
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The Ultimate Duo: Mint Museum Randolph & Mint Museum Uptown

With two dynamic facilities, one on Randolph and one in the heart of Uptown, the Mint Museum features one of the largest art collections in the Southeast.

A little-known​ fact—you can hit both of the museums with one ticket (score!) and transportation between the two locations is free with the Mint-to-Mint shuttle. Shuttles depart Mint Museum Randolph on the hour and Mint Museum Uptown on the half hour. Museum admission is always valid at both locations for two days!

Meander Through Craft Collections at the Mint
$   .  Mint Museum UPTOWN   .  Charlotte
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Explore the Mint Museum for Free on Wednesday at Mint Museum UPTOWN
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Explore the Mint Museum for Free Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday, the Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown open their galleries for free. Wander the expansive collection, and if you opt for Mint Museum Uptown, you can choose to enjoy a glass of wine. Bonus, purchase a glass of wine and your first refill is free!

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Explore the Mint Museum for Free on Wednesday
Free   .  Mint Museum UPTOWN   .  Charlotte
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Find Your Flow at Mint Museum Yoga at Mint Museum UPTOWN
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Find Your Flow at Mint Museum Yoga

The Mint Museum is already scoring major points on Wednesdays with free evening hours, but for the summer they're also hosting NC Yoga Bar classes in the galleries.

Roll up your mat and head over for a relaxing class free for members and available for a small fee for non-members. Stick around after class for free entrance to the galleries and wine.

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Find Your Flow at Mint Museum Yoga
$10   .  Mint Museum UPTOWN   .  Charlotte
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Take an Art Break for Lunch at Levine Center for the Arts
Photo by @The Mint Museum

Take an Art Break for Lunch

On the third Thursday of each month, pull yourself out of your normal work week rut and hit ArtBreak, a free 30-minute, docent-led tour of the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler or the Gantt Center. Each museum offers a short but focused look at a piece of art, providing just the burst of energy you need to get you through the day!

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Take an Art Break for Lunch
Free   .  Levine Center for the Arts   .  Charlotte
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Discover the Mint Museum's Art Around Charlotte at Charlotte
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Discover the Mint Museum's Art Around Charlotte

For decades, the Mint Museum has been committed to sharing its art with the larger community—that means installing large works of public art around town for all to enjoy. Make your way around Charlotte to find these five pieces:
- KANTURK, Robert Emmett Costelloe, find it on UNCC's campus
- SUN TARGET, John Henry, find it on UNCC's campus
- IL GRANDE DISCO, Arnaldo Pomodoro, find it at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets in Uptown Charlotte
- MONUMENT TO THE UNKNOWN ARTIST, Alfredo Halegua, find it on UNCC's campus
- GANDY DANCER, Steve Linn, find it in the atrium lobby of the CATS Light Rail facility on South Boulevard

Discover the Mint Museum's Art Around Charlotte
Free   .  Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Feast On Flavors from the Earth at Halcyon at Halcyon Flavors From the Earth
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Dine Amongst Art at Halcyon, Flavors of the Earth

Voted the Best New Restaurant in Charlotte by the Charlotte Observer, the Mint Museum's Halcyon boasts a true seasonal dining experience, as well as a stunning setting. Their "flavors from the earth" approach to food celebrates artisanal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond, creating a drinking and dining experience to remember.

Top off your visit to the Mint Museum Uptown with a specialty cocktail, the MerriMINT. Grab your coupon to enjoy the MerriMINT—a drink made with bourbon, sugar syrup and fresh mint—for just $1!

Feast On Flavors from the Earth at Halcyon
$$   .  Halcyon Flavors From the Earth   .  Charlotte
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Past Experiences

Explore the Art & Craft of Shoes at Pumped  at Mint Museum UPTOWN
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Explore ‘Pumped: The Art & Craft of Shoemaking’

Check out 'Pumped', an exhibit dedicated to the art and meticulous craft of shoemaking. Drawing from the Mint's permanent collection, 'Pumped' features shoes from as early as the 1700s to modern 3D printed wares (like the kickass pair in the photo).

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Explore the Art & Craft of Shoes at Pumped
$$   .  Mint Museum UPTOWN   .  Charlotte
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See Stunning Photos at 'Here & Now'  at Mint Museum UPTOWN
Photo by @Dorothea Lange (American, 1895 –1965). Migrant Mother, circa 1962, gelatin silver prints. Gift of Morris Gordon. 1967.6.91. Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

See Stunning Photos at 'Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint'

'Here & Now' presents the first photography exhibition drawn solely from the Mint's permanent collection and comprises approximately 215 of the museum's most stunning and provocative photos.

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See Stunning Photos at 'Here & Now'
$$   .  Mint Museum UPTOWN   .  Charlotte
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Peruse the 12th Annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational at Mint Museum RANDOLPH
Photo by @Daniel Johnston (American, works in Seagrove, North Carolina, 1977- ). Large Covered Jar, 2015, coiled, wheel-thrown, wood-fired stoneware. Gift of the Delhom Service League: 2015 Potters Market Invitational, 2015.40.1. Collection of The Mint Museum

Peruse the NC Pottery Installation

The NC Pottery Installation pairs NC pottery with ceramics from around the globe for a stunning, in-depth look at the art form.

Whether you're a ceramic enthusiast or new to the craft, this exhibit provides a sweeping look at both incredibly skilled NC potters, as well as a look at the craft from the far reaches of the globe.

Keep a lookout for the 12th Annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational coming up September 10.

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Peruse the 12th Annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational
$$   .  Mint Museum RANDOLPH   .  Charlotte
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