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Ackland Art Museum

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Unique collections, great docents, free museum

We learned so much more by walking through the museum with a docent, who knew lots of background... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Very Nice Mix of Art

We spent a nice hour and a half touring this museum. The inside guards/receptionists were very... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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...more
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101 S Columbia St, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3609
+1 919-966-5736
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

We learned so much more by walking through the museum with a docent, who knew lots of background about each piece in the special traveling portrait exhibition from the National Gallery. The collection of antiquities and Asian is also worth taking a look at. Tip:...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

We spent a nice hour and a half touring this museum. The inside guards/receptionists were very welcoming and polite. There is a nice mix of art types to see, and we all enjoyed the selection. On a hot Saturday morning it was not crowded and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

The Ackland Art Museum is a free museum in Downtown Chapel Hill. It is a smaller art museum but the museum collection is great and the rotating exhibits are also quality works. I was so impressed with the Outwin exhibit. The works engage conversation. If...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NCTraveler2015
Reviewed July 30, 2018

The Ackland Museum has some fine work in the collection. While it might lack in the big names one would find in a major collection, many works on display are of the calibre that major museums would want in their collections. There are wonderful small...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ProfessorCharles
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Special exhibit: Exceptional entries from the Smithsonian Institution portrait competition. It was remarkable. Wanted to just sit and absorb each portrait.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Elizabeth A M
Reviewed July 1, 2018

The museum has a good cross section of art, well displayed and in a nice space. Worth a visit if you're in town, but probably not worth a special trip if you're outside the Chapel Hill area.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Jacamojoe47
Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

Visited this museum for the first time. It’s small and doable. No admission fee. Currently, there is a portraiture exhibit provided by the Smithsonian. What an interesting, varied and exciting collection of works! Highly recommended and worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank erk
Reviewed June 10, 2018

The art collections are displayed well and the rooms flow easily from one to another. You can take your time walking around as the atmosphere is calm and you are not overwhelmed by crowds. This museum is definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Angela H
Reviewed April 14, 2018

Located very close to the University of North Carolina and off Franklin Street, Ackland Art Museum has a surprisingly good collection of artwork. The museum was the bequest of William Hayes Ackland to the University. They have a large collection of Asian art and some...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Ronak S
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Way better than expected (waay better than the one at Duke University) Great collection of Art, museum shop is small but still got a couple items. Free admission!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank samuel8248
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