Our History

2016

The Museum opened K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace — a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and in Charlotte. 

Kathryn Hill becomes President & CEO.


2015

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South, created in collaboration with Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, aimed to engage Latinos of many backgrounds together with non-Latinos—serving as a catalyst for personal reflection, cross-cultural interaction and community engagement. 

Long-time Museum President and CEO, Emily Zimmern, retired from the Museum.


2012

Levine Museum participated in the Innovation Lab for Museums, presented by the American Association of Museums' Center for the Future of Museums and EmcArts and funded by the MetLife Foundation and launched the Latino New South project in partnership with Atlanta History Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights.

The Museum is awarded a transformative and highly competitive grant of $890,000 from the nationally renowned Kresge Foundation.


2011

The Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary year with the return of its award-winning exhibit, COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America.

2009


Launched Changing Places, one of the Museum’s most ambitious project since inception. The project examined the growing cultural diversity and change created by the arrival of newcomers from across the U.S. and around the globe. 


2005

The Museum opened the exhibit Purses, Platforms & Power: Women Changing Charlotte in the 70s, while COURAGE received two national awards: named one of the two best exhibits in the nation by The American Association of Museums and given the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history by The American Association for State and Local History.

The Museum was also named one of six recipients of the 2005 National Awards for Museum and Library Service, the federal government’s highest honor for community service provided by museums and libraries. The award was presented during a ceremony at the White House by first lady, Laura Bush.


2003

Former Museum President, Emily Zimmern, named Charlotte Woman of the Year and the Museum unveiled a major new exhibit, COURAGE: The Carolina Story That Changed America, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation.


2002

Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South named one of the best exhibitions in the Southeast in an annual competition sponsored by the Southeastern Museums Conference Curators' Committee.


2001

On October 13, the Museum re-opened to the public as Levine Museum of the New South, a state-of-the art facility at 200 East Seventh Street in the heart of Charlotte's emerging uptown cultural district.


1998

The Museum successfully completed $8.2 million capital campaign and began renovation and redesign of the building for installation of a permanent exhibit.


1996

The Museum opened its doors to the first floor if its building for temporary exhibits and education programs.


1995

Emily Zimmern became the Executive Director and the staff moved into the former Clark Tribble Harris Li building at College and Seventh Streets.


1992

"Museum Without Walls" placed interactive kiosks and other exhibits around uptown Charlotte.


1991

The Museum was incorporated as Museum of the New South on April 25, 1991.


1990

The journey began with one idea shared between Sally Dalton Robinson and Anne Batten, representing the Mecklenburg Historical Association.