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“Nice collection, but small gallery”

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
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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.
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, there are clean lines within, the artwork is an impressive collection (especially when you consider the vast majority of it at one time belonged to one person!), it is probably not something you would travel a great distance to visit.

The contents are definitely modern art, echoing the building itself - and you can certainly spend some time admiring the collection, but there just isn't a lot of it to see - or perhaps there is, but you can see it rather quickly because of the layout. Whatever the case, the building itself, and the Firebird (even available on Twitter @thediscochicken) may be the best things to see.

Rather than spending the admission fee (currently $8), a better deal is available if you are a Bank of America cardholder on the first weekend of every month - you get in free (one admission per card). Sure, it's only $8, but it's better than nothing.

Thank jayseae
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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.

Thank SteveZ31415
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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. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Smaller museum or not, the Bechtler is a gem in Charlotte. Will be attending the upcoming Modernism + Film event in August as well - the value of this museum and what it provides to those who love art cannot be beat.

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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.

Thank MCinAuckland
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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.

Thank jebarnes
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