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Wells Fargo History Museum
Ranked #22 of 187 things to do in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located in Three Wells Fargo in Uptown Charlotte, adjacent to the Levine Center for the Arts, the museum highlights Wells Fargo's colorful history including the origins of Wachovia Bank and gold mining in North Carolina. Including a rare Concord stagecoach built in the mid-19th century and a replica you can climb into, a reproduction of a Wachovia Bank branch from 1889 gold nuggets and rare coins. Interactive exhibits featuring a working telegraph, a recreated underground mine tunnel and a simulated drive-up teller from the 1960s. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Guided tours are available with advance reservations and admission is always free.
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Disappointed with this small museum, it was widely recommended in the tourist information and it is just not that good. The staff were not very helpful either That said if I just came across this place I would have been a bit impressed, it can be done in 30 minutes and it is free. So go along then go to the art galleries (museums) opposite, which are not free

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

This is a very classy, free museum. It tells the history of the Wells Fargo Co. — from operating stage coaches to processing gold to shipping mail and package across the new country. You can see a real stage coach from the 1800s and use museum's computer to take a photo of you in front of the stage coach, then print a copy and email yourself another copy. Then you can go to the shipping department and print mail yourself one of several surprises. Try your hand at using an old crank phone, an old telegraph, an old pneumatic tube system. The museum takes about an hour. And it offers cute souvenirs at good prices.

3  Thank DebErlanger
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is fun museum to stop by while in Charlotte. It basically explains the history of the Wells Fargo company, starting with their beginnings running stage coaches. There is a lot of historical information, but presented in convenient and interesting ways. Every part of the museum has some hands on components, so this would be great for kids! (But we had fun as adults too!)

For example, there is a large historical stage coach at the front, a stage coach "ride" where you can feel how bumpy it was, a seat where you can pretend to drive the stage coach, and a game where you try to pack a stage coach with riders and their luggage. There are also places where you can get your picture taken and take home a printed copy for free.

We also enjoyed the display where you can pretend you work at a bank and use the vacuum tube to send things to each other.

Overall this was lots of fun and definitely a great value considering that it's free! It probably took us 30-45 minutes to go through the whole museum.

2  Thank J D
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

This free museum is worth visiting. I got there late in the day and only had a few minutes to visit. It tells you the story of the stagecoach. You can imagine yourself in that time. There are some things to touch and feel and you could try sitting on a bench of a stagecoach. I liked the map that shows you the stagecoach route in different years and you could see how it spread west. This museum is bigger than the one in San Francisco and I wish I had had more time to explore the one in Charlotte. It's on Tryon St. where many of the other attractions and restaurants are, and it's a fun visit.

1  Thank mjbbowls
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The museum is small and does not offer much but showcases the history of banking and how packages and shipping were made. It is informative. Best of all, it is a free museum for everyone to enjoy.

1  Thank SouthPhillyPT19148
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