Wells Fargo Museum

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Wells Fargo Museum

Wells Fargo Museum
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Located in Three Wells Fargo in Uptown Charlotte, adjacent to the Levine Center for the Arts, the museum highlights Wells Fargo's colorful history including the origins of Wachovia Bank and gold mining in North Carolina. Including a rare Concord stagecoach built in the mid-19th century and a replica you can climb into, a reproduction of a Wachovia Bank branch from 1889 gold nuggets and rare coins. Interactive exhibits featuring a working telegraph, a recreated underground mine tunnel and a simulated drive-up teller from the 1960s. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Guided tours are available with advance reservations and admission is always free.
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DazzledDisneyLover
Charlotte, NC28 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I had no idea this FREE museum existed and I’ve lived in south Charlotte for 20 years! Wow! Great little museum. Lots of hands on activities for the kids. Plenty to look at and learn. The 1850 stage coach is really cool! Definitely worth a stop in.
Written February 28, 2020
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CallMetalMan
Fort Mill, SC3 contributions
Mar 2018
This is a neat little museum on the entry floor on the Well Fargo building. If you like business, or banking, or just history, then it will be all the more interesting. The same can be said if you want to teach your kids or grandkids about these subjects too.

It begins with a "ride" in the miniature horse-drawn wagon (a miniature wagon--not miniature horses--although there's a large stuffed horse on the roof). A short movie plays inside, which makes it seem that you're driving along. You'll understand when you see it.

Throughout the rest of the museum, you'll see artifacts of Wells Fargo history, along with signboards explaining the stories behind them. This is not just a "look but don't touch" museum. Many of the displays involve equipment that the kids will be glad to try out.

You can't touch the big stagecoach, though. But the camera will take a group pic for you, and print it out for posterity.

Be sure to get your photo on a 5-cent bill too. (Yes, a 5-cent bill!)

You can't go wrong with this little museum. The entrance is located in a courtyard too, so there are some fountains and statues to enjoy as well, along with food options nearby.

So what about the gold? Well Fargo was (from February to April 2018) promoting their 12 different museums with gold-colored brass coins. Each coin is inscribed with the logo of a different museum. When we visited the first time, they gave us the first four coins (because we had already missed the first three weeks) and a collector's booklet. So, of course, we'll be visiting 8 more times over the next 8 weeks. Maybe, we'll see you there!

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Reviewed by Stephen from Metal Man - Fort Mill, SC.
Written March 3, 2018
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Normanta
London, UK530 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
We had to ask but eventually we found this 'museum'. It's really an informative account of the development of Wells Fargo together with some insights - for both adults and children - on banking practices a couple of generations back. There's also a full size Concord stage coach that may be original or a replica. (No horses!)
Written May 6, 2016
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j0hnhill
Kingswinford, UK3,003 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Years of watching cowboy films have built an infinity with the British and a love of Wells Fargo, every film seemed to have someone racing across the USA to deliver Gold, Mail or a Sweetheart to cowboy who had not had a bath in the last decade!!

For years (previous to my many visits to Charlotte) I had thought of Wells Fargo as the fore runner to the U.S. Mail, never did I realise that they were in fact one of the USA's largest and most succesful Banks.

The museum is in the Wells Fargo Centre at the lower end of Tryone Street (Out of the information centre, turn right, cross the road and walk around 50 yds and your there)

The Museum is new, imaginative, very hands on, spotlessly clean and totally worth an hour of your holiday or spare time, loving the history of Wells Fargo just adds to the experience. The coach they have on show brings back so many memories, the following walk through history is both hands on and very enlightening as to what these intrepid travellers went through to reach California from the East Coast, there are a number of items on show from bank tellers to clothing.

The photo opportunities for you print and take home with you add a very nice touch to this excellent yet tiny museum.

A must do if you are in the City and have a spare hour, and the big bonus is its absolutely FREE!
Written September 3, 2014
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ayalamartine
Stamford, CT14 contributions
Nov 2019
It was enjoyable learning about the history of Wells Fargo and see how far we have come over the past 150 years. The museum is interactive and geared towards family. Plus it is free! We spent a while in there reading everything and watching the short film. My husband got to enjoy a nap while I watched the film!
Written December 3, 2019
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ashtonalex123
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia236 contributions
It takes abt 45-1hr to complete this small museum... Basically it's a cool place with some picture taking opportunities. I liked the part about the history of atm and how it has developed.

Tip: it opens early so you could head there before going to other museums in the area.
Written March 25, 2015
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DebErlanger
Erlanger, Kentucky95 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
This is a very classy, free museum. It tells the history of the Wells Fargo Co. — from operating stage coaches to processing gold to shipping mail and package across the new country. You can see a real stage coach from the 1800s and use museum's computer to take a photo of you in front of the stage coach, then print a copy and email yourself another copy. Then you can go to the shipping department and print mail yourself one of several surprises. Try your hand at using an old crank phone, an old telegraph, an old pneumatic tube system. The museum takes about an hour. And it offers cute souvenirs at good prices.
Written July 28, 2014
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geraldh987
London, UK65 contributions
Jul 2019
Visiting our daughter now living in Charlotte from UK. It was just like revisiting the old cowboy movies with an actual stage coach in the lobby. So interesting the history which was well presented . Learning all about he mining in the area and the development of the Wells Fargo company.
Well worth a FREE visit.
Written August 20, 2019
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Celeste J
San Diego, CA83 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
It's a small museum but it is free to go in. They have some cool hands on and interactive stuff to see. They also have patches for Girl Scout groups! :)
Written July 28, 2019
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PLK608
East Longmeadow, MA52 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is such a small but very creative museum. They have the stage coach, the boxes of gold, the teller cage, the telegraph, and so much more. There are two spots where you can have your picture taken (by the coach and on money), and you can enter a stage coach and watch a video as if the coach is moving. This museum is geared for all ages (such as the toy dolls to try to see how many you can fit in the coach). My husband and I highly recommend this museum.
Written June 4, 2019
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