Saturday, November 18, 2023

Mint Museum of Art Randolph

Before the Charlotte Mint was built in 1835, North Carolina gold miners had to send their gold to Philadelphia to be minted into coins because there was only one US mint. The Charlotte Mint was in operation until the Civil War. After the war it was used for various purposes until it was bought from the government by private citizens to establish a public art museum. An additional location featuring arts and craft and fine arts opened in downtown Charlotte in 1999. 

The Randolph location has a large collection of ancient art from Mesoamerica and Central America, donated by a local couple, and another large collection of British, American, Asian ceramics and decorative art. Other smaller exhibits include African art, contemporary paintings, and European art.

The museum is accessible. 

The parking lot is large enough for RVs if backed into the spaces or parked lengthwise across them. A small park and short trail can also be accessed from the lot so it may be busy on the weekends. We did not go to the downtown location because parking seems limited.   Museum   35.19783, -80.81378


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