GalTime has been thinking up things to do this summer, one of which is to go check out your local museums, whether you’ve been there a thousand times before or this it’s something you’ve been meaning to do. In the upcoming months GalTime is encouraging its readers to delve back into their cities and get to know them (and let us know what you find!).
Museums are wonderful in that every time you frequent one, you learn something new or notice something different, so use your time judiciously this summer, because you’ve got a lot to pack in! So grab a sandwich, make a trip over to one of Charlotte’s many museums, and then have lunch at one of your local parks.
For those who are interested in furthering their knowledge of the Civil War and its effects, the Levine Museum of the New South is the place to do it. The museum examines the Carolinas as part of the “New South”, with a particular focus on Charlotte, from 1865 onwards. The Civil War had lasting effects on Charlotte, as well as the entirety of the U.S., the brunt of which can still be felt today. Therefore this set up allows for contextualization of our society today and consequently discussion of recent issues and events. Also, it is an interactive museum targeted at both children and adults, so don’t hesitate to bring a group along and sign up for a walking tour.
Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum is certainly worth a visit (or should we say a ride?). The purpose of this particular museum is to show how the trolleys have shaped and influenced Charlotte. For those of you who have only taken the new trolleys, make sure you get the chance to ride one of the originals, which is both fun and informative!
In a similar sense, the Carolinas Aviation History Museum also demonstrates how transport affected life in Charlotte. It showcases a wide variety of airplanes and you can even sit in some of the cockpits. Also stationed at the museum are some volunteer docents, who often have a background in aviation and thus are particularly helpful for those of us who aren’t well versed in airplanes. So if you’re in search of something to do with the kids, this is the perfect mix of entertainment and education.