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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  • August 13, 2017
    While in Chapel Hill I decided to stop and see the latest exhibits at Ackland. I was really impressed with the Color Across Asia from the pottery to the clothing. Then the video art of the game was fa...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    I am not really a big fan of museums (for personal reasons), but I enjoyed my visit to the museum as it housed a varied of artwork from Africa (including some from Nigeria :) and Asia. Entry is free, ...  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    Such an array of art from all periods! Professionally managed and skillfully suited for all types of art lovers!  more »
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  • May 15, 2017
    Helpful staff. Great permanent collection. Diverse visiting collections. Check out the Calendar of events.
  • March 14, 2017
    Great art museum. They have a variety of exhibits that keep you interested.
  • September 16, 2016
    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.
  • December 22, 2016
    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.
  • October 3, 2016
    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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