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Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Charlotte

If you want to learn more about the rich culture of the southeastern United States, Charlotte is the place to go. There are numerous art galleries, museums and cultural centers to explore. Check out Charlotte's most interesting cultural venues on this self-guided tour!
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Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: USA » Charlotte (See other walking tours in Charlotte)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • McColl Center For Art + Innovation
  • Levine Museum of the New South
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Arts And Science Council
  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
  • Elder Gallery
  • Hidell Brooks Gallery
  • Lark and Key Gallery
McColl Center For Art + Innovation

1) McColl Center For Art + Innovation

Originally built in 1926, the McColl Center For Art + Innovation is an art center, which promotes visual art in all its forms. The center showcases interesting exhibits in such fields as printmaking, photography, drawing and mixed media. It was founded by Hugh L. McColl Jr. (born 18 June 1935); a fourth-generation banker ;

Operation Hours: Thursday: 10 am- 9 pm; Friday-Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Levine Museum of the New South

2) Levine Museum of the New South (must see)

The Levine Museum of the New South, located in Charlotte is a history museum focusing on life in the North Carolina Piedmont after the American Civil War. The museum includes temporary and permanent exhibits on a range of Southern-related topics.

The museum's permanent exhibit is called "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South", and features period displays that reflect regional history. The displays include a one-room tenant farmer's house, a cotton mill and mill house, an African-American hospital, an early Belk department store, and a civil-rights era lunch counter. Changing exhibits focus on local culture, art and history.

Operation hours: Monday — Friday: 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am- 4 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5 pm; Closed on public holidays
Sight description based on wikipedia
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

3) Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is located in Charlotte's Uptown at 310 North Tryon Street. The original building was razed in 1954 and a modern one was constructed. This building was extensively remodeled in the 1980s and currently serves as the hub of library activities throughout Mecklenburg County. Located centrally in the heart of Charlotte's Arts & Education district, the Main Library offers a multitude of services, materials and programs, and it supports the activities of the library system's twenty-four locations and outreach services.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Arts And Science Council

4) Arts And Science Council

Located on West Trade Street, the Arts and Science Council was founded in 1958. It is one of the leading cultural organizations in Charlotte and was established to promote and nurture public art.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

5) Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (must see)

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina is a 36,500 sq. ft. museum space dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler, a native of Switzerland who assembled and inherited a collection of more than 1,400 artworks created by major figures of 20th-century modernism. The modern art collection is part of the new Levine Center for the Arts. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened to the public on January 2, 2010 with Mayor Anthony Foxx of Charlotte and Andreas Bechtler attending. The museum is only the second in the country designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, who also designed the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A key design element of the four-story structure is the soaring glass atrium that extends through the museum’s core and diffuses natural light throughout the building. The open atrium allows for visual interplay between spaces. Other notable features include a vaulted skylight system and an enveloping terra cotta exterior.

The Bechtler collection reflects most of the important art movements and schools from the 20th century with a deep holding of the School of Paris after World War II. The collection comprises mid-century modern art in various media by artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Jean Tinguely, Barbara Hepworth and Pablo Picasso. Many of the artists are represented by their exploration of a particular theme or subject matter through a variety of media and approaches.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Elder Gallery

6) Elder Gallery

Elder Gallery is located on South Boulevard in the historic South End District. The gallery features the unique collections of Leon A. Makielski and Ernest Walker. It also displays a wide variety of original artwork and fine sculptures created by European and American artists.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Hidell Brooks Gallery

7) Hidell Brooks Gallery

Hidell Brooks Gallery is located in the historic South End District on East Boulevard. The gallery specializes in artwork by well-established and famous artists. Here you will find single artist and group exhibitions of both regional and national artists.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm;
Lark and Key Gallery

8) Lark and Key Gallery

Founded in 2008, Lark and Key Gallery and Boutique is located on East Park Avenue. This gallery showcases original artwork by independent artists and designers. Its exclusive collection includes wonderful artwork, beautiful pottery, fine jewelry, and other interesting items.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 10 am - 3 pm; 2nd Sat: 10 am- 3 pm; 2nd Sun: 12 pm- 3 pm.

Walking Tours in Charlotte, North Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Charlotte

Create Your Own Walk in Charlotte

Creating your own self-guided walk in Charlotte is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Charlotte Introduction Walk

Charlotte Introduction Walk

Charlotte is a destination that has everything to make everyone happy. One can visit Discovery Place for some entertainment and education, or visit the city's historical museums; organize a picnic in a park or do some window shopping. Charlotte has a number of memorable landmarks to visit, too - the beautiful Trade Center Sculpture, the creative Firebird sculpture and the amazing four...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

Charlotte is home to a variety of religious buildings, representing a range of religious denominations. Some of the buildings date back to 19th century and are quite beautiful. Take this tour to see Charlotte's most noteworthy places of worship!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Myers Park Walking Tour

Myers Park Walking Tour

Myers Park is considered to be one of the city's oldest districts. Here, along it's bowery streets, one may find a lot of gorgeous and attractive buildings. This tour will lead you through the most beautiful churches of Myers Park, as well as Mint Museum of Art and Wing Haven Gardens.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Charlotte's Historical Buildings Tour

Charlotte's Historical Buildings Tour

Downtown Charlotte or Uptown (as it is usually called by locals) is home to a number of historic structures and old buildings. Among its highlights are the Liddell-McNinch House, Newcomb-Berryhill House, and Overcarsh House. Check out the most noteworthy historic buildings in Charlotte’s Uptown on this walking tour!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles