Art bursts around every corner of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Swiss architect Mario Botta designed the intimate museum to showcase art in every arresting space and vista, including works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Max Ernst. The spiraling colors of the European perspective highlight the best of mid 20th-century modern art. The collection showcases the relationships the Bechtler family formed with the art community and the art that followed.
With live animals and hands-on activities, Charlotte Nature Museum has provided families, flora, and fauna a place to mingle for more than fifty years. Childlike adventurers can interact with Mother Earth through an ever-changing variety of interactive exhibits, such as Beginnings, where students assemble to fawn over baby chicks, mice, and tadpoles. Little lepidopterists can scurry through the Butterfly Pavilion, and miniature freshwater biologists can get a head start in Our Big Backyard, where they can splash around streams of water and explore secret tunnels, many of which eventually lead to natural science museums in China. Catch a showing of The Shadow Knows at the Dragonfly Theatre or chat with a naturalist about the museum’s eclectic array of plants and animals.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, directed by Jessica Orek, is an independent documentary that has garnered praise from IFC, Variety, and Filmmaker magazine for its quiet, poetic imagery, offbeat subject matter, and avant-garde style that, as critic Alicia Van Couvering stated, is "so much more than the sum of its parts." The film explores Japan's fascination with insects, the country's lucrative trade of insect sales, insect art and literature, and more, all through the magnifying lens of historical detective work. The Duke Energy Theatre offers an intimate, attractive space for film-gazing, with auditorium-style seats that keep your vision clear from obstructive bonnets, beehives, and Gorgon snakes.
The Mint Museum has amassed an impressive collection, including American, ancient and Native American, contemporary, and decorative art, since opening in 1936. With a one-year membership to the Mint Museum, Charlotteans get unlimited free admission to the Mint Museum, a 10% discount in the museum shops on purchases exceeding $10, reciprocal privileges at participating regional museums, invitations to special events, discounts at select area retailers, membership eligibility for the museum's affiliate groups, and invitations to art-related trips. Besides the oodles of opportunities, your softball stats will improve thanks to the eagle-eyed vision you'll hone through the careful study of hues and brushstrokes.