A Guide to Museum Membership Prices & Admission in Charlotte


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SOMETIMES, IT’S MORE WORTH IT to just become a member of a Charlotte museum you enjoy visiting regularly. With Charlotte adding a few more to its ranks during the past decade, it’s a good time to take a look at how the prices compare between each arts institution. Click the title of each museum for additional details.

(An * denotes membership of museum in the Levine Center for the Arts. A $20 Levine Center for the Arts Museum Access Ticket gets you two-day access to these museums. Also: On the third Thursday of each month, free, 30-minute guided tours are given to these museums as part of the ArtBreak program.)


BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART *
This uptown venue, part of the Levine Center for the Arts, presents the works of 20th century modern artists in a new context for today’s audiences. Curator Jennifer Edwards assembles shows that pull from the famous Bechtler family’s collection and other community collections. 

Membership Price: Individual: $50; Individual (Senior): $45; Family: $90; Dual Senior: $80
Admission Price (Per Visit): $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $4 for kids 11-18, and free for kids 10 and under.
Deal to Know: On the third Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the museum offers free admission as part of its Bechtler By Night program.


CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY
The city’s history is put under a microscope at this east Charlotte museum. The continuing exhibition, Solving the Rock House Mysteries, explores the concept of preservation through the example of the 5,000-square-foot Hezekiah Alexander House, built in 1774. The ongoing exhibit Charlotte Neighborhoods uses maps, photos, text, and other information to show how neighborhoods across the city were formed.

Membership Price: $40; Dual Senior: $55; Household: $65
Admission Price (Per Visit): $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children 6-17, $5 for military, and free for kids 5 and under.
Deal to Know: The group rate (with 10 or more visitors) to get into the museum is $5 per person.


DISCOVERY PLACE SCIENCE
It's the "Year of the Engineer” at Discovery Place Science, which was marked by the opening of the "Thinker Space" lab and the state-of-the-art exhibition Think It Up. The goal of the initiative, which will span the school year, is to inspire kids to “become the problem solvers of the future.” 

Membership Price: Individual: $60; Family: $130
Admission Price (Per Visit): $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $13 for kids 2-13, and free for kids under 2.
Deal to Know: The Discovery Place family of institutions includes Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature, Discovery Place Kids - Rockingham, and Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville. Individuals can be members of both Science and Nature for $75. Families can pick two of the four for $160 or all four for 200.


DISCOVERY PLACE NATURE
Built alongside a 100-year-old forest between Dilworth and Myers Park, Discovery Place Nature combines learning and fun through inside and outdoor activities.

Membership Price: Individual: $60; Family: $130
Admission Price (Per Visit): $8 for nonmembers, and free for kids under 2.
Deal to Know: The Discovery Place family of institutions includes Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature, Discovery Place Kids - Rockingham, and Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville. Individuals can be members of both Science and Nature for $75. Families can pick two of the four for $160 or all four for 200.


HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE *
The Gantt Center is part of uptown’s Levine Center for the Arts campus, with a focus on work created by African-Americans. Its John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art is celebrated. 

Membership Price: Individual: $50; Seniors: $35; Family: $100
Admission Price (Per Visit): $9 for adults, $7 for kids 6-17, seniors, military, and college students, and free for kids 5 and under.
Deal to Know: On the third Thursday of every month, museum entry is free from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. for “Gantt After Dark”—a themed event that includes live music and hands-on art activities.


LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH 
For more than two decades, the museum has provided groundbreaking exhibits and context for some of the South’s most significant events. One of the museum’s core values is “using history to build community.”

Membership Price: Individual: $50; Individual Senior: $35; Dual (2 Adults): $70; Dual Senior: $55; Family: $80
Admission Price (Per Visit): $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, military, and college students, $5 for children 6-18, and free for kids 5 and under.
Deal to Know: Admission is half-price on Sundays.


MINT MUSEUM RANDOLPH
The state’s first art museum, Mint Museum Randolph opened in an original branch of the U.S. Mint in 1936. Galleries continue to engage visitors with the art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, and European and African art. 

Membership Price (Both Locations): Individual $60; Dual: $80, Out-of-Towner (200+ Miles Outside of Charlotte): $50; Family: $100
Admission Price (Per Visit): $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 for children 5-17, and free for kids 4 and under.
Deal to Know: Both locations of the Mint offer free admission every Wednesday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.


MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN *
The Mint uptown has a renowned craft and design exhibit that showcases works in a variety of materials, as well as collections of American, contemporary, and European art. The Mint will have three exhibitions—two at Randolph and one at Uptown—during its “Year of Fashion” initiative (through June 30). 

Membership Price (Both Locations): Individual $60; Dual: $80, Out-of-Towner (200+ Miles Outside of Charlotte): $50; Family: $100
Admission Price (Per Visit): $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 for children 5-17, and free for kids 4 and under.
Deal to Know: Both locations of the Mint offer free admission every Wednesday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.


NASCAR HALL OF FAME
This 150,000-square-foot complex provides a variety of attractions for racing fans. Glory Road Icons is the third generation of the facility’s signature Glory Road exhibit. This version combines a new group of 18 historic cars with a look at legendary personalities, racetracks, and iconic moments in NASCAR history.

Membership Price: Individual: $125; Family: $185
Admission Price (Per Visit): $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $18 for military and children 8-12, $12 for children 3-7, and free for kids 2 and under.
Deal to Know: Combo packages are available to supplement your visit with lunch, simulation ride access, and more.


CAROLINAS AVIATION MUSEUM
This museum, located on the grounds of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, is unlike any other in Charlotte. See aircraft from nearly every era of the transportation mode's history.

Membership Price: Individual: $45; Household: $75
Admission Price (Per Visit): $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and military, and children 3 and under get in free.
Deal to Know: The first Saturday of every month has a hands-on learning session for youth. It's free for memebrs and $3 for non-members.

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