Best museums in Charlotte

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May 3, 2019
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Best museums in Charlotte

The United States is home to more than 35,000 museums, according to data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These cultural strongholds run the gamut of natural history, world wars, art, and even children's books.

While some fancy a trip to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, others like to cozy up in a corner and read the Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass. How does one define a museum?

Early museums housed private collections curated by individuals, while today's museums—many of them major tourist attractions—are filled with art, history, science, artifacts, fossils, historical documents, and some curious collections. Along with exhibitions of art, history, and science, Stacker unearthed museums filled with bananas, popcorn, and some very odd stuff.

All across the U.S., visitors can find museums to explore any subject that piques the imagination. A trip to Washington D.C. provides an opportunity to visit a number of iconic museums for free. A visit to Boston means getting to enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts or learn about the Boston Tea Party ships. In California, travelers can tour the International Museum of Bananas before popping by the Wyandot Popcorn Museum in Ohio or The Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts.

Have you ever checked out the museums in your area? To determine the best museums in Charlotte, Stacker turned to data from Foursquare (data current as of April 19, 2019). All museums were ranked by Foursquare’s algorithm, which predicts the “best” museums based on combined factors of the number of check-ins, rating signals, category matches, tips, and photo trends. Click through this gallery to find out which are the best museums Charlotte has to offer.

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#10. Carolinas Aviation Museum

- Address: 4672 First Flight Drive (at Charlotte/Douglas International)
- Foursquare rating: 7.8
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#9. Charlotte Museum of History

- Address: 3500 Shamrock Drive
- Foursquare rating: 8.2
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#8. Wells Fargo History Museum

- Address: 401 S. Tryon St.
- Foursquare rating: 8.2
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#7. Charlotte Nature Museum

- Address: 1658 Sterling Road
- Foursquare rating: 8.4
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#6. NASCAR Hall of Fame

- Address: 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
- Foursquare rating: 8.5
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#5. Levine Museum of the New South

- Address: 200 E. Seventh St.
- Foursquare rating: 8.5
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#4. The Mint Museum

- Address: 2730 Randolph Road (at Museum Plaza)
- Foursquare rating: 8.6
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#3. Discovery Place

- Address: 301 N. Tryon St. (at Seventh Street)
- Foursquare rating: 8.9
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#2. Mint Museum UPTOWN

- Address: 500 S. Tryon St. (at Levine Avenue of the Arts)
- Foursquare rating: 8.9
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#1. Billy Graham Library

- Address: 4330 Westmont Drive
- Foursquare rating: 8.9
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