9900 Matthews Park Drive
Matthews, NC 28105
Phone: (704) 841-1660
Fax: (704) 845-8004
Arts & Museums
Artists from all over the world display their work here, with the exhibitions based on various themes and subjects. From fragile glass sculptures to carefully-developed photographs, art enthusiasts will get it all. A word of warning, though: is you are looking for a Picasso or a DaVinci, you will be in for a disappointment. Prominent contemporary names include Romare Bearden, an American collagist, Wolf Kahn, a landscape painter, and Dale Chihuly, a glass artist. Call for details on the next showing.
Enjoy a glass of wine and the company of friends while expressing your artistic side. You can bring food and drinks while an experienced instructor helps you create your own masterpiece to take home. You can find a theme to fit your taste, such as paint your pet, Van Gogh, or spring time. The studio will provide everything you need to paint, including a blank canvas, apron, and brushes. All you need to focus on is having fun!
From 1836 to around 1861 this Federal-style building served as the first branch of the United States Mint. During the Depression it was saved from demolition through a community effort and became North Carolina's first art museum. Now it is one of the major collections of American, European, African, and Asian artwork, along with ceramics, photography, maps and contemporary art. There are daily tours, lectures, art classes, and festivals that invite the public to come and enjoy the exhibitions. With such an extensive collection of over 72,000 items and a building rich in history, this museum is a must-see for any art lover! Also be sure to check out the Mint Museum Uptown, located in nearby Uptown.
Housing the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the Charlotte Museum of History plays a pivotal role in showcasing the region's history. Come and learn more about the area's fascinating past with exhibits like "Stitched from the Soul," "Community of Faiths," "Watch Charlotte Grow" and many, many more. Also open to the public is the 18th-century restored house of the revolutionary Hezekiah Alexander, a perfect example of living conditions during that era. Go back in time and discover all the past has to offer; check the website for the latest exhibits.
This museum is tailor made to teach kids about the natural world. They'll see live animals, such as baby chicks, owls, and snakes. Take a stroll through the Butterfly Pavilion or the Paw Paw Nature Trail to learn more about local wildlife. Kids can run and play at Fort Wild or Our Big Backyard, or listen and learn during one of several workshops and events organized here.
Twenty-Two serves two trendy purposes in one building. This spot is a wine bar/art gallery, allowing droves of wine and contemporary art connoisseurs to gather in one place. This chic establishment has earned its reputation as one of Charlotte's coolest hangouts. Exhibits showcase the art of local artists.
Maddi's Gallery is bright, colorful and filled with interesting knick-knacks. Both locations feature a mosaic collection of folk art, contemporary art and jewelry. Browse through paintings, glass art, handmade jewelry, accessories, kitchen items and more. With textures, colors, shapes and prices to suit all tastes, this store tempts even the stingiest of shoppers to cough up some dough. Call +1 866 462 3347 (Toll Free).
Located on the AME Zion Church premises is The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, founded to promote and preserve black culture, history and art. This landmark consists of an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor theater and two galleries (Montgomery and Stained Glass). Events such as the Teen Drama Camp and Jazz Evenings are held here regularly, as are weddings, private gatherings and business meetings. Also check out the interactive programs for children.
The Blue Pony is a haven for printmaking. Etchings, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, and other prints are always on display, be they part of the permanent collection, or a seasonal exhbition. Printmaking classes are held regularly, for beginners as well as old hands. The Pony avoids the snooty atmosphere often associated with the art world; patrons are encouraged to get their hands dirty (literally) and take part in the joys of the printmaking process. Open late for the NoDa Gallery Crawl. from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am.
Green Rice Gallery makes it possible for art lovers to meet artists in their lair. Consequently, it is a must-see stop along NoDa's twice-monthly Gallery Crawl. Covering 5,000 square feet, the gallery has a rather unkempt look inside—white-washed walls, exposed pipes, cemented floor, and badly arranged artwork on the walls. Nonetheless, it is the place to find fresh art from charcoal to oils. See website for calendar of events.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is one of the important and well known venues of Charlotte. Spread across an area of 150,000-square-feet, this completely renovated and refurbished facility boasts ultra modern equipment and sophisticated amenities. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to NASCAR, and is a perfect starting point for all those who are unaware about auto racing. The Hall of Fame has a special exhibition hall that displays artifacts that give you detailed information on car racing. It also has specialized simulator rides and interactive displays that further add to the experience. Apart from that, the on-site venues like Belk High Octane Theater, Great Hall and Legends Room can be hired for private functions.
The heart of this museum lies in an exploration of the people who have changed and shaped the social landscape of the South since the end of the Civil War. The exhibit addresses controversial issues like race relations and immigration, providing a forum for discussion and contemplation. The facility is newly renovated and many of the pieces contain modern multimedia displays and virtual tours that make the learning experience fun for all ages. Be sure to explore the 'Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers' exhibit, one of the permanent collections that focuses on the changing face of Charlotte and the Piedmont region of North Carolina.