To learn more about the history of the city and the region in general during your trip to Charlotte, head for the Levine Museum of the New South. This interesting museum focuses on the later days of North Carolina, from sharecropping to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
One of the most popular and unusual attractions is Discovery Palace on N Tryon Street. This eclectic science emporium allows visitors to get up close and personal with a giant eyeball, wander through a rainforest, or try liquid nitrogen ice cream.If you prefer something a little more refined, then the Mint Museum of Art is a must see, with a collection of historic maps and American art.
The Afro-American Cultural Centre plays host to everything from live jazz music to poetry readings, and also has interesting exhibitions charting the history of African-Americans in the South.