Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill

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Since 1958, the Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina's most important cultural resources.

With free admission to all, the Ackland Art Museum presents more than a dozen exhibitions every year, offering a wide stylistic range of art, from contemporary American photography to European master paintings, video installations to Early Modern portraits. The Ackland’s holdings – over 16,000 works of art – include significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art, North Carolina pottery, and folk art. In addition, the Ackland has North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs). The Museum's second floor Study Gallery is a dynamic space that exhibits art installed specifically for use by University classes.

The Ackland has a vibrant and active program and event schedule offering music, films, gallery talks, and other activities on weekends and during the Museum's extended Thursday evening hours.
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  • It's free. It's well-curated. It has a very tasty, albeit limited collection. I find it hard to believe any museum lover would miss the chance to visit the Ackland. We were travelling North and only h...  more »
  • This museum is a bit ho hum considering its location and endless possibilities the kids seemed bored relatively quickly  more »
  • Some exhibits are of more interest than others. I found about half of them to quite good but very limited. The written guides were very helpful. The admission is free!  more »
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  • Small but beautiful art musuem. Personally, I love the room with the drawings and paintings. Outside I love the little stick houses, me and my sister like to play in them. :)
  • The art starts outside with wicker animals (woven twigs). This art museum is free and absolutely beautiful. It is surprising how many high quality pieces are presented. There are works by Picasso, Pissarro, Miro, Klee, Corot, Courbet. Medieval art, Roman, Greek, all the way to the 20th Century. Until January, they have a special exhibit on a Japan war in the 19th Century.
  • Staff was very friendly. Went as a 3rd grade field trip and the kids seemed to enjoy it as much as I did...
  • Nice little museum. Diverse collection. Free admission.
  • Helpful staff. Great permanent collection. Diverse visiting collections. Check out the Calendar of events.

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