The Ackland is a little museum with lots going for it. It has always got a great show going and its permanent collection is great too., Plus the place is free!
This sits just off Franklin Street in Heart of Chapel Hill on edge of UNC-CH campuis. Only 12-14 galleries with mostly minor artists and about 50% is special exhibitions. (Art from India this year). But worth a pop-in.
Loved the masters paintings, Western art exhibit through the years and also the India exhibit, a great hour in our day..learned a lot & enjoyed it, friendly staff & well-maintained and FREE! Our freshman UNC student told us about it & already loves it, great resource.
I love the Japanese art exhibit on display while we were there. It interested me more than my 12 year old daughter as she was bored to death, but I'm glad we went in and experienced it!
The building is not bad and the layout of the museum is quite good. But the showings we have been to are somewhat disappointing - there is nothing to excite and tantalize. There is plenty of room so they should be able to attract some major art pieces and paintings.
I wish I could say better. The biggest room in this tiny museum was consumed by crappy wooden tables and removable chairs. Not sure if they're always there or not, but it looked awful. So did the carpet from 1985. The art was generic and poorly explained. The special exhibit was somewhat interesting, but poorly displayed. Skip.
This place was tiny and had maybe 20 pieces of art. No famous artists. Not impressive at all. It's free, so feel free to try it for yourself. It's really a waste of time, though.
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