Last updated: 4/11/2011
Charlotte, North Carolina
Street Address
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
Mailing Address
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
phone: 704-568-1774
fax: 704-566-1817
e-mail: info@charlottemuseum.org
web: www.charlottemuseum.org
Hours
Wednesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Monday - Tuesdayclosed
Admissions
$3-$6
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Staff
Christy Williams, Director of Marketing & Events
Angelica Docog, Executive Director
Sheryl Hayes, Director of Development
Leslie Kesler, Historian & Curator
Description

Located on a beautiful 8 acre park-like setting, the Charlotte Museum of History has been called "the most entertaining one-stop, two-hour history lesson in the Piedmont." The museum offers a comprehensive look at life in the Charlotte region from the Revoultionary War times to the present. Four galleries lead visitors from the early settlement days to the first U.S. gold rush, to the dark days of slavery, the Civil War and the rise of textiles and banking. The museum includes changing exhibits and hands-on learning for children as well.

In addition to the museum, multiple treasures on seven picturesque, park-like acres include:

- The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, a fully-restored 1774 rock house (Mecklenburg Co.'s oldest surviving home), springhouse and kitchen house, as well as reconstructed barn, where daily tours and interpretive programs enable visitors to imagine themselves in the days of the Revolutionary War;

- The American Freedom Bell, the largest cast bell in the world viewed at eye level, created to honor those who dedicated their lives to the cause of freedom, and symbolizing the patriotic heritage of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Carolinas;

- The Backcountry Patriot Statue & Historic Gardens, a life-size bronze sculpture honoring Alexander and other patriots who supported the cause of independence, surrounded by gardens featuring plants used by 17th and 18th century American Indians for medicine, worship and food.

History

The Charlotte Museum of History offers Charlotte’s history over three centuries through a rich diversity of learning experiences. Originally founded to preserve the 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the museum today offers living history programs on the historic grounds as well as exhibits and events at our spacious museum building. The Charlotte Museum of History receives over 50,000 visitors each year and caters to a wide variety of guests including those who participate in our daily living history tours and guided tours for school groups. The museum also hosts a variety of lecture series, educational opportunities, and partners with many local organizations for events and programs.

Artifact Collections

With over 10,000 objects, photographs and archives, the museum collections reflect the regions' rich history. Most noteable are the 18th century furnishings found in the Hezekiah Alexander House.

Educational Programs

The Charlotte Museum of History offers extensive programming throughout the year. Regularly scheduled tours of the fully restored and furnished Hezekiah Alexander Home(circa 1774) are provided by costumed docents with mornings reserved for group visits.
Curriculum based educational materials, kits and outreach services are offered in addition to public tours and programs.

Governance

private not for profit

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes

ADA

partially

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

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