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Charlotte: A downtown destination

Courtesy Visit Charlotte

Charlotte’s culture scene got a major boost in 2010 with the opening of the Levine Center for the Arts, a massive complex in the city center that houses four of the city’s premier arts organizations.

“These are all new institutions that have opened in the last year and a half,” said Visit Charlotte’s Laura Hill. “It’s almost a billion-dollar commitment to the arts.”

If you bring a group to Charlotte, be sure to spend some time at one — or all — of these Levine Center facilities.

• Mint Museum Uptown — Complementing the original Mint Museum campus, the new facility at the Levine Center features 150,000 square feet of exhibit space that is used to display the collection’s best pieces of contemporary art.

• Bechtler Museum of Modern Art — Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol would feel right at home at this sleek new museum, where their work hangs alongside that of many other 20th-century artists. Most of this collection comes from the private holdings of the Bechtler family.

• Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture — Born out of a 1960s student movement at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Gantt Center now houses an impressive collection of African-American artwork and hosts numerous travel exhibitions.

• Knight Theater — This new state-of-the-art theater seats nearly 1,200 people and is Charlotte’s home for traveling Broadway shows and other performing arts.

Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.