1874 Remount Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: (704) 865-6688
Fax: (704) 865-6197
Arts & Museums
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.
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.
First Presbyterian was built in the early 19th century and has been a major tourist attraction as well as a fully functioning church since its dedication. The architecture is reminiscent of European Gothic cathedrals and many efforts have been made to maintain this style even as recent renovations and expansions have allowed it to cater to the needs of its growing congregation. The impressive spire and detailed stonework make this church a must-see for art and architecture lovers. Multiple services are held throughout the week including two full services on Sunday, one of which is televised on a local Charlotte station, WSOC-TV Channel 9. Open on Sunday from 9am, 11am and 5pm and Wednesday from noon.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is one of the important and well known venues of Charlotte. Spread across an area of 150,000-square-feet, this completely renovated and refurbished facility boasts ultra modern equipment and sophisticated amenities. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to NASCAR, and is a perfect starting point for all those who are unaware about auto racing. The Hall of Fame has a special exhibition hall that displays artifacts that give you detailed information on car racing. It also has specialized simulator rides and interactive displays that further add to the experience. Apart from that, the on-site venues like Belk High Octane Theater, Great Hall and Legends Room can be hired for private functions.
The Foundation for the Carolinas is a hub of philanthropy. This foundation brings many different people from the community together and encourages all to do good and to pay it forward. The Luski-Gorelick Center for Philanthropy is home to an art gallery on the first floor that features works from local artists. Admission to the gallery is free.
Discovery Place is a paradise of kid-friendly interactive science exhibits and presentations. Visit the Cool Stuff exhibit which, true to its name, is full of cool interactive activities like lying on a bed of nails that help making learning physics fun. Next, experience a rainforest by crossing a rope bridge and looking down at exotic plant life and animals. See aquatic life at the large aquarium and take a unique guided feeding tour of the aquarium. Children 7 and under need to stop by KidScience with hands-on fun geared towards the younger kids. Make sure you save time to see a short movie at the Discovery 3D Theatre or get immersed in the action at the IMAX Dome Theatre. The museum also offers a number of live programs, plus there are seasonal attractions so there's always something new to see!
A visit to the Hodges Taylor Gallery is worth your time, whether you are a seasoned art-lover, or just plain curious. Around since 1981, this gallery showcases the latest in contemporary art. Artists like Brian Shaw, Deborah Luster, Marc Maiorana and many, many more have exhibited their works here. The exhibits have spanned a variety of mediums, and display interesting imagery.