Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Charlotte.

Discovery Place
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Discovery Place is a great way to spend a day, whether you're by yourself or with a group, young or old. Indeed, it's a safe bet that everybody will walk away from a day at Discovery Place knowing a few things they hadn't known before. The...  Read More

Mint Museum UPTOWN


The Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally-renowned Mint Museum of Craft + Design, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte's Levine Center for the Arts, this...  Read More



Located on the property of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the museum offers various exhibits based upon the history of the city of Charlotte. A few of the exhibits are hands-on and make for a truly interactive experience. Learn bits of...  Read More

Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium


30 minutes from the heart of Charlotte, the Schiele Nature Museum features exhibits that show the evolution of life, the natural history of North Carolina, and rare artifacts of North American Indians. The planetarium soars over 50 feet, and the...  Read More

Levine Museum of the New South


You've probably never been to a museum quite like this one before! It seeks to relay Southern history from the days after the Civil War but to do it in an entertaining way. Changing exhibits and complete interaction make the hands-on museum a...  Read More



Located in a renovated train repair center, this museum encompasses the history of different types of transportation used in the region from the early 1800s to present day. Train rides are offered during warm weather season. The gift shop offers...  Read More

Backing Up Classic Auto Museum


This museum may be a bit on the small side but, nonetheless, it has some amusing attributes. With a variety of cars from the 1920s and on, Backing Up Classic Auto Museum also has a row dedicated to Mustangs. You will find a wide variety of cars...  Read More

Afro-American Cultural Center


The stained glass windows of this restored building originally came from Little Rock AME Zion Church. Through these hallowed windows, you can see and hear the rich and historical exhibits that have become a showcase of African-American heritage....  Read More

Carolinas Aviation Museum


Aviation enthusiasts and history buffs alike will enjoy learning about the rich history of flight at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Examine real aircraft up close, and check out exhibits on helicopters, military, civil and commercial air flight,...  Read More



Even if you're not a NASCAR fan, you're sure to get a thrill out of Charlotte's newest museum. The 150,000-square-foot facility features over 50 interactive experiences, authentic artifacts and fascinating educational films. The Race Week...  Read More