If you’ve lived in Charlotte awhile, you’ve probably been to The Mint Museum once or twice. You’ve walked through the galleries, ooh’ed and ahh’ed at the beautiful works of art and you think you’ve seen all there is to see. Been there, done that – amirite?
There are surprisingly a lot of different ways to experience The Mint Museum, from yoga to guided book club tours. They are even hosting a liquor tasting event with Doc Porter’s Distillery. Even though it’s about to turn 80 years old, this ain’t your mama’s Mint.
Here’s how you can enjoy the Mint in a whole new way.
(1) In downward dog
#Repost @ncyogabar with @repostapp ・・・ Lunge right in to the @themintmuseum Uptown tonight for yoga at 5:30pm! The awesome @daniellemalia44 will be leading you through your practice! If you can, sign ☝ online… It saves is time when you get there and will never count against you if you end up not being able to make class! 😉 You also get FREE entry into the museum and an extra 5% off everything in the gift shop, too! ☮❤🎨 #ncyogabar #weloveclt #exploreclt #mintmuseum #cltyoga #charlotte #charlottenc #charlottesgotalot #cltagenda #ewpclt #queencity #art #cltyogacommunity #uptownclt #yogalove #yogaeverydamnday #downdogbottomsup #clt #cltfitness #cltfitlife #charlottepost
That’s right, free yoga is offered to Mint members every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., or yoga passports are available for purchase from NC Yoga Bar. After class, wander through the galleries at no cost.
(2) With your Bumble date
The Mint makes a great date spot. The galleries are open free every Wednesday until 9 p.m. at both locations. Watch for other special evening events such as Latin Music Concerts and exhibition-related parties such as the upcoming Creatively Crafted, Artfully Distilled event on January 18. Check here for their amazing fall lineup of exhibitions.
(3) On the road
REMINDER: #themintmuseum is offering FREE shuttle service to visitors between Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph starting TODAY! Shuttles depart Mint Museum Randolph on the HOUR and Mint Museum Uptown on the HALF HOUR: Wednesdays 11am-8pm, Fridays & Saturdays 11am-4pm. (Mint members, visitors w/paid museum admission, or customers who have spent $10 or more in the Mint Museum Shops are eligible. Show your museum sticker to ride.) #cltarts #freeshuttle
You can catch a free shuttle between two Mint locations every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Enjoy the free parking at Mint Museum Randolph, and remember your admission is valid for two days if you need more time.
(4) While channeling your inner Warhol
Sunday Fun Day is Sunday, Sept 11, 1-4pm! Come out for Family Arc: The Art of John Biggers as we explore how history, tradition, and family informed the art of Gastonia-born John Biggers. Pose for a family portrait, and celebrate with creative projects! #themintmuseum #sundayfunday Click here for more info: http://www.mintmuseum.org/happenings/1112/sunday-fun-day-family-arc-the-art-of-john-biggers/
Once a month, come in for Sunday Fun Day and try out family-friendly, hands-on art projects designed by Mint educators. You can also peruse the galleries, catch artist demos and participate in Let’s Move! yoga sessions. You can end up leaving with your very own masterpiece.
(5) With your book club
#themintmuseum is proud to participate in @bankofamerica Museums on Us program! Come out to the museum this weekend – May 7th or 8th! Each Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder gets one FREE general admission per card. For more information about the program, visit museums.bankofamerica.com. #cltarts
Docents of The Mint Museum are now offering their Art of Reading program to Charlotte-area book clubs at Mint Museum Randolph. The program features a different book for a five-month period and offer guided tours based around the book. This season’s theme is Pride & Prejudice but visit here for future themes and titles.
(6) On your lunch break
Our first Art Break is happening right now at the @hbganttcenter! Every third Thursday of the month, we will be offering FREE lunch time tours from noon to 12:30PM to give you an “Art Break” from sitting long hours inside your office. #hbganttcenter #LongLiveArts #cltarts #charlottesgotalot #creativity #africanamericanart
Docents can give you a free 30-minute guided tour during the lunch hour on the third Thursday of every month at noon at the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museums of Modern Art and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Enjoy some culture and still have enough time to grab lunch. Get more info here.
(7) With a bite and a beverage
Do you enjoy really good food & beverage pairings? How about including a guided museum exhibition tour? Then you don’t want to miss this week’s Taste of the Mint with a tour of ‘John Biggers: Wheels in Wheels’ exhibition. Be sure to register by 4PM TODAY. mintmuseum.org/happenings #themintmuseum #tasteofthemint #johnbiggers
Sign up for Taste of the Mint, a recurring program that combines small plate and beverage pairings from Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth restaurant with a guided gallery tour. Halcyon was voted one of America’s Best Museum Restaurants by Travel + Leisure.
(8) With multiple museums and a show
Have you seen #BechtlerRelaunched yet? One of the highlights of the show are the pieces made by North Carolina artists, such as Maude Gatewood’s “Common Cause” shown here. #Bechtler #TheBechtler #BechtlerMuseum #clt #cltArts #weloveclt #charlotte #charlottesgotalot #exploreclt #levinecenterart #longlivearts
Don’t forget, Mint Museum Uptown is part of Levine Center for the Arts, also home to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater. Visit two museums with a reciprocal admission discount; or buy one Levine Center for the Arts pass for $20 and visit all three museums. Visit levinecenterarts.org for more, and #LongLiveArts!
Bonus: In honor of the museum’s 80th anniversary, you can enjoy the Mint for free at both locations on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Go get cultured, CLT.
80 years ago, 1936, was the Year of the Woman – Barbara Hanley became Canada’s 1st woman mayor, tennis champ Helen Moody volleyed Howard Kinsley 2,001 times, Sonja Henie, won a 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold, and the big news in Charlotte wasn’t the first stock car race in Daytona, but the opening of North Carolina’s first fine art museum (thanks to women) The Mint. We are counting down to a new Year of the Woman, the 80th Anniversary of the Great Lady’s opening the weekend of October 21st with our history through the decades. As we share memories and pictures of time spent on both of our campuses, we hope you’ll share yours, too. #80years #yearofthewoman #themintmuseum
(This content was co-created with The Mint Museum.)