Sibling rivalry? No way. MMC+D, the younger, hipper sister to the Mint Museum, shines on her own, with amazing glass sculptures, mind-blowing woodwork, fiber art, kids classes, and more. Kudos to the Young Affiliates for initiating the "Mint After 5" program, serving up live music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the terrace overlooking uptown. (Runners-up: Mint Museum of Art; Levine Museum of the New South.)
Mint Museum of Craft & Design, 220 N. Tryon Street. 704-337-2000.