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March 6, 2010. Charlotte, North Carolina.. Over the last year, several museums and cultural institutions have opened within a 5 block radius of each other, adding another facet to downtown Charlotte.. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened in January and is home to the private collection of the Bechtler family.  A Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture called "The Firebird" is a popular with people walking in downtown.