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Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill

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Since 1958, the Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina's most important cultural resources.

With free admission to all, the Ackland Art Museum presents more than a dozen exhibitions every year, offering a wide stylistic range of art, from contemporary American photography to European master paintings, video installations to Early Modern portraits. The Ackland’s holdings – over 18,000 works of art – include significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art, North Carolina pottery, and folk art. In addition, the Ackland has North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs). The Museum's second floor Study Gallery is a dynamic space that exhibits art installed specifically for use by University classes.

The Ackland has a vibrant and active program and event schedule offering music, films, gallery talks, and other activities on weekends and during the Museum's extended Thursday evening hours.
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  • Very interesting museum with large Asian influence. Great selection of art & artifacts from Nelson Rockefeller’s collection on loan until 7/3/22. Free admission. 
    Very interesting museum with large Asian influence. Great selection of art & artifacts from Nelson Rockefeller’s collection on loan until 7/3/22. Free admission.  more »
  • The art museum holds phenomenal collections. The best part is how creative the curators are, relating art to medicine. 
    The art museum holds phenomenal collections. The best part is how creative the curators are, relating art to medicine.  more »
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  • We enjoyed visiting the Ackland Art museum. A very first for me is that the original patron that left money in his will to begin the museum is interred at the museum and his mosoleum is on display. There are pottery, statuary, paintings and other media on display. It was very interesting to wander thru and read the descriptions. If info was knows about the artist that was often included. The restrooms are located at the back, left of the first floor. There is parking on the street.
  • A nice art museum, with a variety of exhibits. Just a short walk from TOPO. Admission was free. The upstairs was closed. We were told it's only open during the school year.

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