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Ackland Art Museum

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Address: 101 S Columbia St, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3609
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+1 919-966-5736
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Ackland Art Museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 17,000...

The Ackland Art Museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 17,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), as well as significant collections of European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art, African art, and North Carolina pottery. The Ackland organizes several special exhibitions each year. Admission is always free to all.

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Asian art collection unexpectedly interesting!

Current exhibit - Flora & Fauna - is exquisite! Run go see it while it's still there! The rest of the collection is a bit too 'expansive.' It would be better if if focused on two... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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North Carolina
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Though parking is a bit difficult to find on weekdays due to this museum's location on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, the art is well worth the trouble. Their collection is small enough that it can be seen in one day, and visitors do not feel rushed. Friendly, welcoming staff.

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Thank altokat
Eugene, Oregon, United States
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Current exhibit - Flora & Fauna - is exquisite! Run go see it while it's still there! The rest of the collection is a bit too 'expansive.' It would be better if if focused on two or three and went deeper into them.

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Thank Dawn L
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A friend was visiting from out of town so we decided to go to this museum. It has a great Buddha exhibit, several rooms full. We really enjoyed the museum, and at the end they have a community room for people to gather.

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Thank LindaArends
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

A Massachusetts couple have donated seven Rembrandt drawings to the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of an estimated $25 million gift of art and financial support. This exhibit is a must for people coming to the campus.

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Thank marycaycorr
Emily B, Public Relations Manager at Ackland Art Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and thank you for helping us get the word out about The Peck Collection. We are beyond thrilled to have these remarkable drawings added to our collection. Learn more about The Peck Collection here: http://ackland.org/exhibition/focus-peck-collection/ More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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720 reviews
309 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 409 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

I returned to the Ackland Museum recently for the Burk Uzzle exhibit of photographs "All About America". His photo exhibit is in three local museums at the moment, Nasher in Durham; The NCAM in Raleigh and Ackland. Each exhibit has a different theme so it was nice I was able to see each. He was able to get these great... More 

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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

the 2nd floor of the Ackland Museum is a treasure house of small works that support the curricula of professors at UNC. These exhibits expand the viewer's understanding of the social context in which particular works of art were created.

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2 Thank Wallace M
Emily B, Public Relations Manager at Ackland Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you, Wallace, for letting people know about our 2nd floor "Study Gallery," which is open during the academic year. Here's an article that discusses the use of our Study Gallery by many professors from over 31 departments across campus: http://gazette.unc.edu/2017/05/17/faculty-use-ackland-to-teach-medicine-literature-history-and-more/ Please visit us again soon! More 

Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

University art museum with representative art from various periods. Beautiful building with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Yoga in the museum on Mondays at noon for a small charge (free to members). Don't miss this when you visit Chapel Hill/UNC. See Burke Uzzle photography exhibit through September 11, 2016.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

I have been lucky enough to traveled extensively and been to some of the top museums in the country and world. And despite its size, Ackland is a world class museum. The museum was founded in 1958 after a bequest from amateur art collector, William Hayes Ackland. In fact this is the final resting place of Ackland as well. Which... More 

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Bahrain
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

My daughter and I had some free time before touring UNC and were happy to spend it at the university's art museum. If you've read previous reviews you know the museum is free, it has a small but fine collection that you can spend a short or long time viewing the artwork. The smaller size allows for a more intimate... More 

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Pittsburg, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 June 2016

We stayed at the Franklin hotel and they dropped us off. The museum is free, and a treasure. Take the time to read about each exhibit , it adds so much. Neat fact: the founder, Ackland, is buried there. A lovely escape from a hot afternoon on campus.

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