Do you have a school group, alumni association, sorority or club who would enjoy an interesting, informative, inspiring docent-led tour of the Mint Museum Uptown or Mint Museum Randolph? Schedule a group tour by contacting the Tour Coordinator, by email or at 704.337.2043. Please reserve your tour at least a month in advance.
Tours are led by museum docents, last one hour and require a minimum of 10 participants. There is no additional fee for guided tours. Self-guided groups of more than 15 are advised to contact the museum in advance to assure there is space available.
The Tour Coordinator can be contacted by email or at 704.337.2043
Enjoy a FREE 30-minute ArtBreak tour each third Thursday at noon.
The community is invited to experience Levine Center for the Arts with FREE lunch hour museum tours offered by docents of The Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.
Docents will guide visitors through the galleries every third Thursday of each month. Whether it’s an introductory experience for a first-time visitor or a deeper cultural experience for those already familiar with Levine Center for the Arts institutions, the 30-minute tours will provide a brief but focused encounter with art with people who have a limited amount of time—and will allow time to grab lunch as well.
Visitors can choose one of the three museums for each date, and experience a tour structured around a common theme reflecting the nature of permanent collections or special exhibitions on view. (Each theme lasts for three months—enough to experience all three institutions!)
This collaborative effort, the first of its kind in Charlotte, originated with the Mint docents and is just one of several new initiatives underway to improve public tours. Support is provided by the THRIVE Fund, established to provide financial stability to Charlotte’s cultural sector and currently administered by Foundation For The Carolinas. Click here to read more.
The Art of Reading program begins at Mint Museum in Fall 2016. Celebrating the connections between art and literature, Art of Reading is offered to Charlotte-area book clubs. This program will:
● feature a book for a five month period: September 2016 – January 2017, and February – June 2017.
● include a downloadable discussion guide to facilitate book discussions. The guide will be available here 60 days in advance of start of featured period.
● offer a docent-led tour of Mint Museum Randolph selected works of art that help bring to life the historic events, cultural influences, and lifestyles represented in the book.
The September 2016 – January 2017 featured book: Jane Austen’s classic tale of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy.
What to Expect on an Art of Reading Tour
● Docent-led tours with stops at selected works of art based on connections between the featured book and works at the museum.
● Excerpts from the book may be referenced during the tour, so be sure to bring your copy of the book.
Two Choices for Book Clubs
● 60-Minute Discussion and Tour: for book clubs which elect to discuss the book on their own. A short overview of the book followed by a tour of selected artworks.
● 90-Minute Discussion and Tour: for book clubs That choose to hold the full book discussion at the Mint. A full book discussion followed by a tour of selected works of art.
To Book a Tour
Contact Julie Olson Anna, Julie.email@example.com, and include:
● group name
● primary contact’s name
● mailling address
● phone number
● tour length
● three date and time options
Request at least 30 days in advance.
Mint Museum Randolph Hours
Wednesday: 11 am to 9 pm, Thursday-Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday: 1-5 pm
Museum members: a free benefit of membership. Non-members: pay a general admission fee.
Many of the experiences the Mint regularly offers our visitors can be scheduled for tour groups as well! Simply contact the Mint's Communications & Media Relations team to alert us of your visit: firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.337.2109.
Sunday Fun Days
One select Sunday each month is family time at Mint Museum Uptown. Guests can participate in craft projects, family tours, movement activities, artist demonstrations, and more, with hands-on works of art to take home.
Approximate Length of Experience: Up to 3 hours
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: None
Availability: Check Happenings for event details.
Cost: $6 per adult; Free for children under 18
Taste of the Mint: An Appetizing Restaurant and Museum Experience
Culinary arts blend with the Mint Museum Uptown for an appetizing cultural experience. Explore a food tasting tour with small plate and drink pairings at remarkable restaurants near the Mint. Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth and other culinary partners offer different food and drink experiences sure to tempt taste buds and behind-the-scenes insights. Afterward, unwind with a one-hour exploration of the arts led by a Mint expert who will provide insight on the American, Contemporary, and Craft + Design collections along with special limited-engagement exhibitions.
Approximate Length of Experience: 2.5 hours
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 10 – 25
Availability: Available by reservation on Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 2 - 5 p.m., and occasionally scheduled on the museum's Happenings calendar
Cost: $45 per person ($35 for Mint members)
Sketching in the Galleries
Be inspired by works of art! Enjoy a sketching exercise with a museum educator. Available for private groups by reservation with sufficient advance notice, for $6 per person.
Sip + Shop
Finish your tour of the Mint inside the Mint Museum Shops where you can find one-of-a-kind selections of North Carolina pottery, glassware, jewelry, wood crafts, accessories, art books, children's items, and much more! With a reservation, you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a special shopping discount just for your group. This experience is a perfect accompaniment to Taste of the Mint and/or Sketching in the Galleries!
Discover how the art at The Mint Museum transforms and impacts our culture and history through interactive, engaging tours that test students’ observation skills, critical thinking, and expression of personal ideas. Tours support the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
All school tours must be scheduled with the Tour Coordinator. Guided tours must be scheduled at least a month in advance. The museum requires one adult chaperone per 10 students. Groups of very young and/or special needs children must provide a smaller student to chaperone ratio.
Guided Tours Led by museum docents, guided tours last one hour (except for the D.I.G.S. tour, which lasts 90 minutes) and test the observation skills and critique techniques of their students to increase their overall understanding of art. Guided tours are available to groups of elementary, middle, high school and college students Tuesdays through Fridays. The minimum number of students is 10; the maximum is 60.
Self-Guided Tours Self-guided tours are permitted for high school groups of up to 30 students per hour. Teachers are encouraged to visit prior to their scheduled time in order to plan their self-guided tour. Click here to lean more about Self-Guided Tours.
In the Classroom
• Ask the Tour Coordinator for a free Teacher Tour Outline, available for most elementary school student tours.
• View our Teacher & Students page for resources before your visit.
• View detailed information on special exhibitions on the Mint Wiki page.
1. Consult the tour descriptions and choose the tour that best meets your curricular needs and your students' interests.
2. Contact the Tour Coordinator at least one month in advance by email or at 704.337.2043.
3. Include the following information in your email or have it ready when you call:
• Name of school
• Method of travel (i.e., school bus, van, cars, etc.)
• Students’ grade level
• Number of students
• Number of chaperones
• Special needs
• Guided or Self-Guided Tour?
• Preferred tour date and several alternate dates
• Museum Location: Randolph, Uptown or both
They are tours conducted by docents, trained volunteer tour guides.
Admission is always *free for school and homeschool groups during regularly scheduled school days. After-school groups are $6 per student; adult chaperones are free.*
*Admission prices are subject to change without notice.