Explore Charlotte’s Museums & Arts Scene This Coming Winter

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Winter is coming and many Charlotte residents may have concerns about being stuck indoors as the weather gets cooler. Although southern winters are mild, the temperatures are cold enough that you won’t be scheduling trips to the beach or pool. Luckily, Charlotte has a rich cultural history and there will be plenty of museums to visit this winter.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Do you live and breathe modern artistic expression? Are you a fan of mid-century pieces from the modernism period? Then, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art should be added to your winter itinerary. Jazz nights and paint and wine gatherings are popular events that are added to the museum’s calendar each month. Daily admission is inexpensive with adults paying $8.00 and seniors charged $6.00.

City Art Room

If you’re looking for weekly paint and wine nights, then check out the events sponsored by the City Art Room. They have instructor led and freestyle sessions featuring canvas painting, pottery, jewelry making, and much more. Most sessions range between $20 and $30 and include all the materials needed to release your creative juices.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Racing fans must make it a point to visit Charlotte’s own NASCAR museum. Historic cars, interactive exhibits, and high definition racing shows are just a few of the things you can do while visiting the state of the art facility. Special tapings and behind the scene tours will be available throughout the winter months. Seniors and military discounts are available for admission packages.

Carolinas Aviation Museum

The aviation museum is open daily throughout the winter season and offers very low admission rates to all visitors. Examples of aircraft you’ll find during your tour include a F-14 Super Tomcat, CH-46 helicopter, and Flight 1549 – the famed “Miracle on the Hudson” airbus.

The Mint Museum

The Mint Museum has two different buildings in Charlotte, each housing different collections. The museum on Randolph Street keeps their focus on Native American artwork and historic decorative arts. The uptown branch on South Tryon Street is a larger, five-story space with contemporary and European art pieces. Tickets are valid for two-day visits and members of the museum receive free admission.

Charlotte Symphony

Also nearby the uptown branch of the Mint Museum is the home of the Charlotte Symphony. Popular shows during the winter season include the Magic of Christmas, The Four Seasons, and Handel’s Messiah.

North Carolina Dance Theatre

Home to the Charlotte Ballet, this theatre has a terrific show schedule planned for the winter season. Throughout December, you will not want to miss the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. If you’re more of a fan of modern ballet performances, January’s shows will feature contemporary dances. The company incorporates elaborate sets and breathtaking costumes into all of their performances. Tickets typically start at $25 per seat.

The Light Factory

This museum is a standout because it is one of only four of its kind in the entire country. This museum focuses exclusively on film and photography exhibits. Besides exhibits, the museum hosts special movie screenings as well as photography and videography workshops. The gallery is typically open Wednesdays through Saturdays between the hours of 12pm and 6pm.

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