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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  • We've lived in the area for a long time and always enjoy stopping in to this free museum on the edge of campus. There's usually a good mix of special exhibits and pieces from the museum's collection. ...  more »
  • The Ackland Art Museum is on the edge of UNC Chapel Hill's campus, near Franklin Street, and it's well-worth the visit. It had a great seasonal installation of spinning, interactive seats outside that...  more »
  • Enjoy a walk about this lovely museum. If you only have a short time to visit, this is the place. You will be able to enjoy the entire building and it is right on Franklin.  more »
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  • Helpful staff. Great permanent collection. Diverse visiting collections. Check out the Calendar of events.
  • Great art museum. They have a variety of exhibits that keep you interested.
  • Check it out--its free! Ackland has an amazing collection of ancient-modern art. The exhibits rotate and change with relative frequency; look them up online and see what the current exhibits are. Compared to other art museums I have visited, Ackland is on the smaller side, but I don't see that as a negative.
  • Lots of things for kids to do to interact with art, very friendly staff and easy to get to. Good shows, interesting collection and free.
  • This museum is a little gem. There are amazing pieces you would never expect to find here. Chapel Hill is really lucky to have it, a must see.

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