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.
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