I recently discovered a new obsession of mine, which was to find things to do outside of my house that I have never done before.

Pictures courtesy of Brianna Sumpter

So, as I typed “things to do in Charlotte” on the internet, I realized there are so many things to do in Charlotte that I have never done. Once I started to scroll more, I noticed all of these things required something I did not have, which was money. And here I am, sitting here figuring out why everything in life costs so much money. So, to better fit my financial circumstances, I typed “free things to do in Charlotte” and BOOM… I found it all.

One thing that really stood out to me during my search was the Mint Museum. The Mint Museum is located uptown, and there is a second Mint Museum that is located on Randolph Rd. I discovered that the Mint Museum is free every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. So, determined to expand my horizons, I went and checked it out. I’m not exactly a museum and art kind of person, so I took a chance and went anyway with a friend of mine. I surprisingly loved it way more than I thought I would, and I was very impressed with the things I found in the Museum.

When you go on Wednesday nights for free admission, the people at the front desk kindly ask for donations, but if you aren’t in a situation where you can afford to donate they don’t care, they still let you in for free. They direct you to the 3rd and 4th floors of the building, which are the exhibit floors. Once you get to the 3rd floor, you can either turn left or right and start your walk through the museum (both floors are a big circle so either way you end up going all the way around). There are so many different kinds of statues in the Museum, some made of glass, some made of plastic and even some made out of bubble wrap.

Pictures courtesy of Brianna Sumpter

There are people that work in the museum that walk around while you’re walking around just in case you have any questions. They also assist in reminding you the rules of the museum, which are little things such as do not touch any of the art, and if you take pictures make sure the flash is off. Personally, I enjoyed the 4th floor more than the 3rd because there were more relevant things on the 4th floor to my life than the 3rd.

For example, the 4th floor had a huge collage of Beyonce and Tina Turner. Also, the 4th floor has a huge section dedicated to the musical “Grease”, which is one of my all time favorite movies. In this section, they had a tv that had “Grease Live” on, which came out two years ago. Also in this section they had some imitation clothing from the original movie, which I thought was so cool. There was a lot more clothing, such as pretty dresses and clothing from famous movies, on the 4th floor.

Also, in the museum on any floor there a large windows that show a beautiful view of uptown, which was really cool to see. There is also a souvenir shop on the first floor as well as a restaurant connected to the museum which I thought was super convenient. At this time of night, parking a crossed the street is only 5 dollars, which is a steal because normally parking uptown is so expensive if it’s not on the weekends. Overall, I enjoyed my trip to the museum and I was very pleased that it was free. If you have any interest in checking out the Mint Museum, you can find more information on their website at http://www.mintmuseum.org/.