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Billy Graham Library

The life of famous evangelist Billy Graham, whose sermons touched millions through TV and radio, is illustrated in films and exhibits at this barn-like building.

Pastor Billy Graham was a religious advisor to successive U.S. presidents and traveled the world on revivalist missions. The North Carolina pastor became famous after his sermons were broadcast across the U.S. on radio and TV. The Billy Graham library is dedicated to telling his life story in a moving and heart-felt manner.

An animatronics cow and a vintage “Graham Brothers” dairy truck in the lobby remind visitors of the pastor’s rural background. Graham grew up on a dairy farm near the library building, which is shaped like a high-ceilinged barn. An impressive 40-foot (12-meter) giant glass cross takes up most of the front wall. It draws in the sun, flooding the exhibits with natural light.

Take the Journey of Faith self-guided tour to learn about the life of this much-loved reverend. Multimedia presentations, replica revivalist tents, memorabilia and photos from world tours give insight into how far the reverend’s influence has spread. Artifacts include Graham’s writing desk, letters and sermons, and his late wife’s wedding dress. You can also see a small replica of the Berlin Wall, a reminder that Graham preached in East Berlin during the Soviet era.

The life of Ruth Bell Graham, the reverend’s wife, is remembered in an exhibit room and the bookstore. She died in 2007 and is buried in the Memorial Prayer Garden, which you can also tour.  

The reverend’s childhood house was rebuilt at the site, using mostly original materials and furnishings. Here, you can enjoy home-style meals and cookies amid vintage milk cans and family photos in the café.

The Billy Graham Library is located near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a few minutes’ drive southwest of central Charlotte. Admission and parking are free. Note that you aren’t allowed to bring in food or drinks.

The museum is closed on Sundays and major holidays. There are no guided tours, but volunteers can answer any questions. To take it all in, you’ll need about two to three hours.


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Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd

Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd

2950 Oak Lake Blvd, Charlotte
4.4
of 5, from 1,775 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, in Charlotte, this hotel is close to Billy Graham Library and Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Area attractions also include Bank of America Stadium and Time Warner Cable Arena.

Ramada Plaza Charlotte Airport Hotel and Conference Center

Ramada Plaza Charlotte Airport Hotel and Conference Center

212 West Woodlawn Road, Charlotte
3.1
of 5, from 801 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bonnie Brae Golf Course, Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, and Billy Graham Library. Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte

Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte

4800 S Tryon St, Charlotte
4.2
of 5, from 1,132 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Charlotte, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, Billy Graham Library, and Bonnie Brae Golf Course. Abbott Park is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

Radisson Hotel Charlotte Airport

Radisson Hotel Charlotte Airport

212 West Woodlawn Rd #C, Charlotte
4.4
of 5, from 53 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Charlotte, this hotel is close to Renaissance Park, Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, and Billy Graham Library. Local attractions also include Bonnie Brae Golf Course and Freedom Park.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte Airport

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte Airport

108 Airport Commons Dr, Charlotte
4.6
of 5, from 122 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Charlotte, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carolina Panthers and Bank of America Stadium. Billy Graham Library and Carolinas Aviation Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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Extended Stay America - Charlotte - Airport

Extended Stay America - Charlotte - Airport

710 Yorkmont Rd, Charlotte
3.3
of 5, from 580 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Billy Graham Library and Bonnie Brae Golf Course. Carolina Panthers and Bank of America Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South/ I-77 Tyvola Road

Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport South/ I-77 Tyvola Road

6050 Tyvola Glen Circle, Charlotte
4.4
of 5, from 2,879 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Billy Graham Library. Carolina Panthers and Bank of America Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel

Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel

2800 Coliseum Centre Dr, Charlotte
4.4
of 5, from 655 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carolina Panthers and Billy Graham Library. Carolinas Aviation Museum and Abbott Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).