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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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  • The art museum holds phenomenal collections. The best part is how creative the curators are, relating art to medicine.  more »
  • This is a excellent museum that is well maintained and free to the public. Check museums for current exhibits but most are outstanding. Only problem is parking difficult in the Chapel Hill downtown...  more »
  • Came to view the featured display, "Way Out West." Lots of art to view, well designed layouts. We especially enjoyed the Asian pottery exhibit that was arranged by color. Left off the last star as so much was interpretive- great for art/culture studies, just not quite general public material, I felt.
  • The museum for the people, right in the middle of Chapel Hill! Admission is always free. The exhibits are varied, gorgeous, and thought-provoking. The art at the Ackland includes pieces from thousands of years ago and pieces from right now, from all over the world and from our own area. We really have a treasure in the Ackland Art Museum.

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