Free admission to The Mint Museum for children in grades K-12 beginning May 1


CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (April 8, 2024) — The Mint Museum is thrilled to announce that starting May 1, children in grades K-12 will enjoy free admission to both locations of the museum for an entire year. In addition, college students enrolled in visual and performing arts programs will also have free access during this period.

This incredible opportunity for students is made possible through the generous support of Mint Board of Trustees Member Charlotte Wickham. Wickham was partnered with Charlotte Ballet Dancer Humberto Ramazzina. The duo raised over $425,000 during Charlotte Ballet’s 2024 Dancing with the Stars Gala held on March 2. Their outstanding efforts earned them the People’s Choice Award for top vote-getter. Approximately $180,000 of the funds raised will be allocated to support student access at The Mint Museum, with the remaining amount benefiting Charlotte Ballet.

Wickham’s dedication to the arts and her belief in the transformative power of artistic experiences for children motivated her to participate in Charlotte Ballet’s Dancing with Stars of Charlotte. She emphasizes the importance of museums as places of culture and conversation, where individuals can engage deeply and develop empathy.

As part of its ongoing commitment to accessibility, The Mint Museum aims to secure additional support to extend free student access beyond May 2025, with the ultimate goal of making the museum free for all. Currently, admission prices are as follows: free for ages 4 and younger, $6 for ages 5-17, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 65 and older, and college students with ID. Children ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Visitors to The Mint Museum can look forward to a diverse range of exhibitions throughout the year, featuring renowned artists such as Shinichi SawadaRobert Ebendorf, and Whitfield Lovell. Notably, the upcoming exhibition Southern/Modern, opening on October 26 at Mint Museum Uptown, will present a comprehensive survey of paintings and works on paper created in the American South during the first half of the 20th century.

For more information on upcoming exhibitions and programs, please visit

About The Mint Museum

Established in 1936, The Mint Museum is North Carolina’s first art museum and a leading institution dedicated to international art and design. With two locations, Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown, the Mint houses one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring the global community.


Clayton Sealey
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Michele Huggins
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