The Mint Museum is a cultural institution in Charlotte, North Carolina that comprises Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown. Together these two locations have hundreds of collections showcasing art and design from around the globe.
Mint Museum Randolph resides in a federal style building that once housed the Charlotte Mint. Opening in 1936, it was the first art museum in North Carolina, USA. The companion Mint Museum of Craft + Design focuses on contemporary craft.
The Mint Museum is the largest visual arts institution in Charlotte and holds the largest public collection of Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden's work.The American Art collection comprises approximately 900 works created between the late 1700s and circa 1945. Almost 10,000 items of men's, women's, and children's fashions from the early 18th century to present-day haute couture are included in the museum's collection of Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress, which approaches fashion as an art form. Go behind the scenes of their Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion exhibit in the video below.
The Mint's Decorative Arts collection, considered one of the finest in the country, centers on its holdings in ceramics. It contains more than 12,000 objects from ancient Chinese Ceramics to North Carolina pottery.
The Mint Museum's new building is known as the Mint Museum Uptown with the original building on Randolph Road to be known as the Mint Museum Randolph. The Uptown location spreads over five floors and houses collections of glass, ceramics, wood and other material from the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. Contemporary Art, American Art and some of the European Art collections from the Randolph Road facility have also moved to the new location, bringing the Mint's arts and craft and fine arts focuses under one roof for the first time.
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