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When it comes to educational fun, there’s nothing like visiting local museums. Charlotte, NC has so many museums it can be hard to decide where to visit! You can learn about everything from art to cars and all the things in between. there are hands-on options, museums for kids, exhibits for adults, free museums, and museums with discounted admission. Check out all the museums in Charlotte, NC, and find the one that’s right for you!

Museums: Charlotte, NC

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

704.353.9209 | 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

The modern art museum located in Charlotte offers rotating exhibits, permanent exhibitions, jazz music events, and special events.
The museum offers a Family Day regularly, which is free admission to the museum.

Mint Museum

704.337.2000 | Two Locations, Charlotte , NC

The Mint Museum offers a unique gallery of art, craft, sculpture, and creations in various rotating and permanent exhibitions.

The museum has two Charlotte locations with different collection themes.
Mint Museum Uptown: 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC- Contemporary art, American art, craft, and design
Mint Museum Randolph: 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC- European, African, Ancient American, and decorative art.

Free admission on Wednesday Nights from 5 – 9 pm.


Schiele Museum of Natural History

704.866.6900 | 1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC

This natural history museum offers dinosaurs, minerals, critters, and a planetarium in its indoor museum. You will also find outdoor activities at the museum as well.

The museum offers free entry on the 2nd Tuesday of each month!

Summer camp at Schiele Museum offers week-long or summer-long camps for kids ages 6 to 6th grade. Camps are full day from 9 am – 4 pm.

Learn more about the Schiele Museum of Natural History in our KA review! 

Discovery Place Science

704.286.8302 | 301 N Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

Science museum with specialized science themed events, lab workshops for kids, live shows, and featured IMAX showings of nature themed shows and movies.

Science Camps at Discovery Place Science are available for rising Kindergarten through 6th grade, with June and July options available.
Camps are full-day with extended care available.

Birthday party packages are available, including party themes like ” Our Ocean Friends”, ” Science of Super Villians”, and “Shocking Science” for ages 3 – 12. Animal meet and greet add-ons are available.

The IMAX theatre at Discovery Place Science offers multiple showings per day, with several options to choose from.

Discovery Place Nature

704.286.8302 | 1658 Sterling Road , Charlotte, NC

Nature-based museum for families that offers nature exhibits, daily activities, special events, and live shows. In addition to an indoor museum, it also have an outdoor portion with nature trails.

Discovery Place Nature is part of Discovery Place Museums.
Open Tuesday – Sunday

Discovery Place Nature birthday party packages include “Insect Safari”, “Out of this World”, and “Animals of the Piedmont” themes, and are available for ages 3 – 12. Animal Encounter add-ons are available.



NASCAR Hall of Fame

704.654.4400 | 400 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a museum for all things NASCAR. They have special events, guided tours, interactive exhibits, and much more.

The museum offers summer camps, Spring Break camps, and camps throughout the year where children learn about NASCAR, engineering, hands-on experiments, and more.
Summer camps are for grades K – 9th grade, with week long camps in June and July.

Discovery Place Kids- Huntersville

704.286.8302 | 105 Gilead Road , Huntersville, NC

Interactive children’s museum with STEAM activities, live shows, daily events, and exhibitions.
This location is part of the Discovery Place Museums.

Summer Camps at Discovery Place Kids are available at Discovery Place Kids, with June, July, and August options. Camps are half day or full day.
Two birthday party packages are available to choose from, with “It’s Science”, “Colors in Science”, and “Gross Science” themes available.