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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Backing Up Classics Auto Museum
Backing Up Classics Auto Museum

(704) 788-9500

4545 Concord Prky S
Concord, NC 28027   Directions Website

Car enthusiasts from all over the country will definitely want to park it at the Backing Up Classics Auto Museum.  While the venue is small, it makes excellent use of the space it does have by presenting some intriguing autos.  Some of the featured exhibits include cars as far back as the 1920s right through the auto boom of the 50s and 60s.  There is also a row dedicated exclusively to Mustangs.  Muscle cars, classics, and standards are all spotlighted in this fun, highly popular museum. 

Charlotte Museum of History
Charlotte Museum of History

(704) 568-1774

3500 Shamrock Dr
Charlotte, NC 28215   Directions Website

The Charlotte Museum of History is a fascinating collection of some of the city's most interesting and dramatic stories, many of which you won't find in your average history book. The various interactive exhibits that are dramatically presented in this meticulously prepared venue are sure to capture the imagination of every history buff. The museum is located on the property of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite and its lush, inviting greenery adds a touch of North Carolina's natural beauty to one of Charlotte's most respected historical sites.

Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

(704) 547-3700

551 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202   Directions Website

The Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte is a great place to walk along together and take in some truly unique art and various types of exhibits. The center is an innovative epicenter that celebrates the triumphant spirit of the African American experience. One of the many dramatic exhibits tells the story of the role of African-Americans during the Revolutionary War through various artifacts and displays. The Spirit of Our Ancestors exhibit connects various aspects of life during that period in history to the plight of this minority group. You and your date will not only enjoy the historic and artistic presentations, but it will give the two of you plenty to talk about as you walk through this highly impressive venue.

Historic Rosedale Plantation
Historic Rosedale Plantation

(704) 335-0325

3427 N Tyron St
Charlotte, NC 28206   Directions Website

The Historic Rosedale Plantation offers a peek at an era in history that was marked by several types of strife and unrest. Still, against that backdrop, there were regal structures like this Federal style home that was built in 1815 and even then, it got the attention of the town's populace. When you enter the home, perhaps the fact that it has been so well preserved is its most striking feature. The original French wallpaper that dates back to its original construction still adorns the walls. A rare but interesting look at Southern domestic life is the overall theme of taking a tour of this structure that features attractive gardens and a tranquil pond. Tours are by appointment only and you must allow a two week's notice for your tour to commence.

Levine Museum of the New South
Levine Museum of the New South

(704) 333-1887

200 E 7th St
Charlotte, NC 28202   Directions Website

The Levine Museum of the New South encourages a hands-on approach to experiencing their facility. Several interactive exhibits and experiences offer visitors a chance to learn about Southern history from the days of the Civil War in a truly memorable and fun way. You can actually try on clothing from the post-Civil War era up to the present day, get up close to various items from that bygone era, or even record your own radio show. Whether you choose just one of these or undertake them all, you'll learn about some of the South's most essential historical moments and have lots of fun doing it.

Mint Museum UPTOWN
Mint Museum UPTOWN

(704) 337-2000

500 Tyron St
Charlotte, NC 28202   Directions Website

There's nothing ordinary about the Mint Museum UPTOWN. This venue is not only an artistic forum of creative expression for area artists, it also happens to be an internationally-renowned museum, recognized for its high standards in the fields of craft and design as well as its outstanding collections of American, contemporary and European art. The exhibits are stunning, and you will no doubt want to learn as much as you can about each piece. To that end, there is a cell phone audio tour of the museum that offers you incredible insight about each piece that you can take in at your own pace. The museum is located within the Levine Center for the Arts, and attractive shopping and dining destinations are in close proximity. Don't forget to check out the museum shop's awesome selection of pottery, glass, wood, and jewelry that will surely make an excellent addition to your own personal collection.

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