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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC (Second Ward)
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Ranked #31 of 82 Attractions in Charlotte
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: This is a brand-new art museum in center city Charlotte, N.C. I found the museum to be interesting, but with significant limitations for serious... more » Owner description: This is a brand-new art museum in center city Charlotte, N.C. I found the museum to be interesting, but with significant limitations for serious lovers of modern art. « less
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I love small museums for their curatorial point-of-views...The Bechtler had a great exhibit on Mario Botta (the architect for the museum) but would have loved to see more of their permanent collection. Great building, some nice sculptural pieces outdoors including the Nicki de Saint Phalle. Can definitely do in 45-60 minutes. Could use more merchandise related to Charlotte's art scene... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
40 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Like most museums in Charlotte, the Bechtler is not large - a fact made more apparent by the layout, a large atrium area, and lots of whitespace on the walls. You can make it through in no time flat, even if you spend a good amount of time on each exhibit. While the building itself is nice to look at,... More

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Spartanburg
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is not a big museum, but it does have some wonderful exhibits. We visited the museum to see the Mario Botta exhibit and were amazed by the displays and the knowledge of the guide. I had a great time, I just wish they had a bigger cafe and more extensive gift shop.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited the Bechtler just this past weekend and viewed the Mario Botta exhibition. It was a perfect museum day - drizzling and overcast. The museum was full of bright paintings (a Warhol graces the front entrance) and fascinating models of Botta's theaters, churches and sketches which you can view at your leisure. Museum attendants are present but never overbearing.... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We went during a special exhibit on architecture, which was wonderful. The collection is small, but I get the impression they change the pieces frequently. Great gift shop full of quite nice things, not just cheap things.

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Tega Cay, South Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

It you like modern art and architecture this is the place to visit. Lots of sculptures, architecture models, renderings, and sketches of building around the world.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Not sure how you can call this a museum and charge an admission. Had very few pieces and very disappointing.

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Jupiter, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Interesting architecture of the building, interesting pieces of art. Love the Nicky de St Phalle Firebird outside. A must see in charlotte.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Actually we laughed quite hard while here after viewing one of the pieces. I honestly do not understand why this museum inhabits such a large space; most of the floors were quite sparse. I generally love architecture and the exhibit on the top floor was beautiful but only held my attention but so long. Speaking of the third floor, we... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

A small but excellent modern art museum. At the time we were there the museum had an exhibit based on the architect who had designed the building, his other buildings and the works of art which had inspired him. Both of us found it fascinating. If you're in Charlotte, this is definitely a must-see.

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