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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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).
'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.
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.