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Ackland Art Museum

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Address: 101 S. Columbia St, Unc-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone Number: +1 919-966-5736
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Small but worthwhile art museum

Have visited Ackland several times. Always a very pleasant art museum .... and it's free! Can it get any better than that! The layout of the museum is good two out of 3 visits... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Have visited Ackland several times. Always a very pleasant art museum .... and it's free! Can it get any better than that! The layout of the museum is good two out of 3 visits the art was very good. They art exhibition items change 2/3 times a year, so check out their most current art pieces. They also offer yoga... More 

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CH, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This may be a small town museum. But it is a great one too. There are pieces from Arthur Dove and Georgia OKeefe. And Ackland hosts traveling exhibits that are just amazing sometimes. It's a great place to relax after lunch. Stop by.

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

We're so glad that you enjoy our collection as a relaxing stop in town. Thanks for helping spread the word about Chapel Hill's world-class museum! - Emily Bowles, Director of Communications, Ackland Art Museum More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Yesterday we went to Ackland, our local UNC art museum. It is not large as are others might be, but it is perfect for us. When Mr. Ackland was writing his will, he offered his massive art collection to Duke, with the condition that he be buried inside. They turned it down. BUT we did not, and we gained a... More 

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

Gail, Thanks for your shout-out on TripAdvisor about the Ackland! We're very glad that you value our exhibitions and permanent collection, as well as our programs for visitors young and old. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future! - Emily Bowles, Director of Communications, Ackland Art Museum More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Lovely works of art. Welcoming staff. A few steps from UNC campus so have to pay for parking. Frequently visited by college students required to attend. After visiting museum lots of eating places just across the street. Good vibes from campus atmosphere.

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

Sandra, Thank you for your feedback! We're very glad that you found the Ackland Art Museum to have both good vibes and a welcoming atmosphere. Thanks also for mentioning the many great eating spots nearby. We hope to see you again soon, and thank you again for the shout-out! - Emily Bowles, Director of Communications, Ackland Art Museum More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I stumbled on to this hidden gem after having brunch nearby. The museum's admission is free so that is always nice as well. The museum is on the small size but the quality art work inside makes it well worth a trip. I liked that that was a good variety of all types of art from sculptures to abstracts to... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad that you made it to the Ackland Art Museum! Yes, our exhibitions do change frequently. Come back again soon, and be sure to see the exhibitions on our second floor as well. - Emily Bowles, Director of Communications, Ackland Art Museum More 

Durham, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The museum is small but had some really nice artwork. There were many exhibits from young artists from the area which was a nice touch. The second floor was closed when we were there, my only complaint is that I wish it was bigger!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The facade belies some of the rotating collections and it is a very easy to view museum. If you get lucky, UNC's MFA class will be showing off their year-end projects, as I did. But is a great mix of paintings and sculpture with a fraction of its entire collection on display at any given time so it makes for... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The Ackland Art Museum is affiliates with UNC. There is a permanent collection that serves art history students and a very good Asian art collection. The temporary exhibits are excellent with programs, talks or just time to look for yourself. There is a very good gift shop down the street. Nice in that there is a gift shop but the... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We went here during our romantic getaway for our anniversary. The artwork was beautiful and the folks working there were really nice and informative. Conveniently located on Franklin Street. The only thing I would change is the parking situation. It was definitely a challenge to find somewhere to park, but that is any downtown really. Did not take from our... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

You wouldn't expect to find an art museum in such a small town. But, while small, it does have a good range of art. From ancient to the modern, across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the new world, it offers a taste of art for free. Located on the northwest corner of campus, it's an easy walk.

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