1874 Remount Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: (704) 865-6688
Fax: (704) 865-6197
Arts & Museums
The largest collection of land mammal specimens in the Southeast is on display at this natural history museum that is the largest natural history museum in the area and also includes five permanent galleries with natural history exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a half-mile nature trail. Outdoor recreations of an Indian Village and an 18th century farm are also on site.
Operated by volunteers from the Post 23 American Legion, this museum houses authentic military and related memorabilia from past wars and periods with collections including uniforms, weapons, pictures, flags, and scale models.
A nonprofit gallery and instructional center that was opened by three local artists in 1998 and features an array of changing exhibits and space for local artists to showcase their works. A wide variety of classes and workshops given by locally and internationally known instructors are available.
Gaston County Museum was founded to collect and preserve artifacts and educate the general public with exhibitions, programs and publications. Visitors can peruse various exhibits and learn more about historic preservation. The museum shop contains articles like hand blown ornaments and archaic table linens. Guided tours are available for children and adults. Parking and admission are free.
Come by this aviation museum, located at the Airport, to check out civil and military aircraft. Take a look at the military airplanes featured here, including a Grumman F-14D Super TomCat, which served in Iraq, and a Grumman OVD-1D Mohawk. See the civilian craft like the Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3. Restoration work on aircraft takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so schedule a visit to see the whole process. For further information on the exhibits, volunteer opportunities and history of the planes, check the website.
One of only three truck museums in the United States, this 7,500 square foot museum features a wonderful display of beautifully maintained vintage trucks, as well as numerous photographs and memorabilia.
This Duke Power visitor center aids understanding of nuclear energy through video games, displays, and films plus offers a free, self guided, high-tech tour through the world of nuclear power. Plant tours are available with advance reservations and a nature trail is also located on site.
What better way to explore the historical facets of the city than by traveling across it in one of the oldest and most-loved modes of transport? Charlotte Trolley Inc. takes you around the area in vintage streetcars ensuring a pleasurable learning experience. Choose from tours best suited to you; you can even arrange to have a private party on one of them! After a tour on this mobile museum, stop at the gift shop and pick up a memoir or two. Check the website for details.
This elegant, understated gallery is one of the best in the region. McColl Fine Art deals in American and European paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries. Covering various categories like impressionism, post-impressionism, landscapes, still-life and more, this prestigious venue showcases works of fantastic quality. This is your chance to view and buy paintings of artists from a host of different schools. Check the website for further information.
The Elder Art Gallery boasts of a great collection of American contemporary art, plus some European art works as well. The gallery also has exclusive rights to represent the works of the two popular artists Leon A. Makielski and Ernest Walker. Apart from the paintings, it also houses beautiful bronze, stone and steel sculptures. And then there is the porcelain and earthenware too.
The Mint Museum Uptown is located in a historic downtown building that was recently renovated to celebrate the rich legacy of Charlotte's artistic tradition. The permanent collection holds a wide range of items made from ceramic, jewelry, glass, fibers, metal, and wood. Their special glass commissions alone make it worth the visit! For those who enjoy an interactive experience, the museum offers many workshops, lectures, artist demonstrations, and travel guides to enhance the trip. Also, it is located within the heart of the business district and nearby many shopping centers and restaurants. Make sure to also take a look at the Mint Museum Randolph, full of fine and contemporary art.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a fresh injection of art and culture into the city's nerves. Located in the Uptown district in the heart of downtown Charlotte, the Bechtler is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The free audio guide and gallery brochures at the visitor desk and information center keep visitors informed on the modern art lining the walls and hallways. The museum is a fun experience for visitors of all ages, especially since the Bechtler provides children with materials to make their visit to the museum interactive and enjoyable.