Current Exhibitions

Charlotte’s Road to Revolution:  Featuring the paintings of Charlotte artist Dan Nance

Charlotte native Dan Nance has been quietly painting scenes of American history for more than two decades. His paintings hang in national parks and heritage sites and in the private collections of Charlotte notables such as business men Cameron Harris, Allen Tate, the Charlotte Chamber’s Bob Morgan and CPCC’s Dr. Tony Zeiss.

Starting Sept. 23, more Charlotteans will be able to see Nance’s work in a never-before-seen retrospective that tells the story of the Piedmont Backcountry and its role in the founding of our nation. The exhibition, “Charlotte’s Road to Revolution: Paintings by North Carolina Artist Dan Nance,” will be on display at The Charlotte Museum of History until June 15, 2017.

A Look Back at Our City of Creeks

May 7, 2015

The photographs and maps in this exhibition tell the story of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County’s over 3,000 miles of creeks.

These creeks shaped the layout of the city, and have in turn been shaped and used by locals for hundreds of years. This exhibit focuses on three of Mecklenburg County’s creek sheds:  Little Sugar Creek and Briar Creek, Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek, and McDowell Creek.  This exhibition is part of the KEEPING WATCH on WATER series.

Little Sugar Creek or Briar Creek 1979

Richard Allgood, left, and Lee Owings, both age 8, played in a creek near Selwyn Avenue and Park Road – either Briar or Little Sugar, which converge just south of Park Road. Photo: Bill Billings, July 7, 1979, courtesy of The Charlotte Observer

Solving the Rock House Mysteries
July 1, 2013

The Hezekiah Alexander House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the last extant home of a framer of North Carolina’s 1776 Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It is also the oldest house standing in Mecklenburg County.  This permanent exhibition that investigates the 240-year old house, the persons who owned it, and the story of its preservation as a powerful setting for educational programs.

Hezekiah Alexander House during DAR restoration, ca. 1949,
Courtesy of Charlotte Museum of History

Charlotte Neighborhoods
July 1, 2013
A permanent exhibition, Charlotte Neighborhoods explores the development of the city from its beginning to the early 2000s. Charlotte’s built environment has been shaped by its residents, economy, transportation, and federal programs. The exhibition highlights four Charlotte neighborhoods: Brooklyn, Biddleville, Plaza Midwood, and NoDa.


The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215
Phone: 704.568.1774

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