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Heritage Gallery


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In space formerly occupied by the STAR Gallery for student art, the Heritage Gallery documents and celebrates the history of The Mint Museum. Organized chronologically, and accompanied by a mural timeline that addresses key moments over the past seventy-five years, the exhibition features works of art, archival documents, and photographs illustrating the growth and evolution of the museum and serves as an orientation to the museum's history and mission, connecting the museum's past with its future.


Inaugural attendees  Ribbon cutting    Mint as US Assay Office   

The Mint's Inaugural Opening, October 22 1936

From left: Charles Tillet, Jr., Master of Ceremonies, Franklin Graham, President, University of North Carolina; Mary Myers Dwelle, President, The Mint Museum; Leila Mechlin, Advisory Director, The Mint Museum; and Philip N. Youtz, President, American Federation of Arts and Director, Brooklyn Museum

Mint Museum Uptown Ribbon-Cutting October 2010 From left: Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO, The Mint Museum; Richard "Stick" Williams, Chair, Board of Trustees, The Mint Museum; Anthony Foxx, Mayor, The City of Charlotte; County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts; Phil Kline, outgoing CEO, The Mint Museum; and Bob Bertges, Director of Corporate Real Estate, Wachovia/Wells Fargo.


The Mint building as U.S. Assay Office circa 1900. The Charlotte Branch Mint opened December 4, 1837 but ceased operations at the start of the Civil War. The building served as a Confederate headquarters, and then a military post for federal troops. It re-opened as a U.S. Assay Office in 1867 and operated until 1913.

Mint Museum of Craft + Design Opening, January 10 1999. The renovated Montaldo's department store was the original home of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design showcasing collections of glass, ceramics, fiber, metal, wood, and design by nationally and internationally-renowned artists.

      Lewis Family Gallery   

Mint Museum Uptown Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the 5-story, 145,000 square feet facility opened October 1 2010 in Levine Center for the Arts as part of a ground-breaking public/private partnership. (Photo by Jeff Clare)

The Mint Museum of Art, the first art museum in North Carolina, opened October 1, 1936 following a remarkable effort by a dedicated group of citizens, and labor provided by the WPA.


Lewis Family Gallery, Mint Museum Uptown 

Main Gallery, Mint Museum of Art, 1936 






































Selected Online Resources 

Charlotte Branch Mint 


Mint Museum of Art

 Daisy Bridges unpacking a pitcher from the Delhom collection









Daisy Wade Bridges, unpacking a cauliflower pitcher

from M. Mellanay Delhom's Collection, circa 1965



Selected Print Resources from the Mint Museum Library 







Created by Joyce Weaver, Librarian