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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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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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
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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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Friendly staff, fine art,lockers and parking!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Durham, North Carolina
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Apex, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 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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Haguenau, France
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I like the combination of the art and the location. You can stay as long or as short as you want. Awesome place

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Saintes, France
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

I am French and I visit NC. We enjoyed our time at the Ackland Art Museum. It's a pleasant and nice visit. ( Free) The museum is on the UNC campus, we take bus, it's easier. You can see art from West Africa, of China and Japan ( also Contemporary Japanese Ceramics), art from Southern and Western Asia, Art of... More 

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Elkin, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

I TRIED to go there but was unable to because I couldn't find a place to park. I am an Artist and know that they have a fine art collection.

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Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We were impressed that it was free for the interesting/diverse collection they have. So close to Franklin Street and easy access.

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

Thank you for visiting the Ackland Art Museum and for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor review. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

You can see it in one hour. Admission is "free". There is a variety of traditional and modern pieces. The students' exhibits are very creative and modern. Many paintings are from Europe.

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

Thank you for visiting the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill. You are correct that admission to the Ackland is free for everyone, and that voluntary donations in any amount are appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed our annual MFA show; we look forward to showing the most contemporary of contemporary art in the Triangle region every spring! Please... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

I had not been to the Ackland in years. I went when I was already downtown. It is free and definitely a wonderful change as a downtown 'thing to do' from drinking coffee, eating a gyro, and then gelato. On the art side, it has a little of everything. I am usually most interested in the painting, Italian from the... More 

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