Ackland Art Museum, on the University of North Carolina campus, at 101 South Columbia Street, is always free to visit.
The Ackland’s permanent collection features more than 19,000 works of art, including Asian art, North Carolina pottery, collections of European masterworks, and more.
Visiting Ackland Art Museum
Ackland Art Museum is free to visit. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
In addition, they’re open the 2nd Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ackland Art Museum is closed on dates around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Find the holiday closure dates here.
There are several nearby parking decks, and over 400 metered spaces within a short walk of the Ackland Art Museum. Use Park on the Hill to learn about all the parking options.
Weeknight parking in the Ackland Porthole Alley lot requires a $1 permit. Evening parking Friday to Sunday does not require a permit. Learn about UNC’s parking permits.
The Ackland is free to visit, but some of the events have a ticket price. Often these events are free for members.
Some things to know about accessibility:
- The front entrance is ramped, but there is not an automatic opener.
- There are two accessible parking spots in the Porthole Alley lot. When you arrive pull up to the gate and ring the security desk from the call box.
- An elevator serves all floors of the Ackland.
- The Ackland has one single-stall, wheelchair-accessible restroom.
- Large-print interpretive materials are available.
Current and Upcoming Exhibits at Ackland Art Museum
More than half of the gallery space contains special and traveling exhibitions. Here’s what is on view now:
Pleasures and Possibilities: Five Patrons of the Asian Art Collection
March 11th, 2022 to March 12th, 2023
Ancestral Altar Ram Heads from the Collection of Rhonda Morgan Wilkerson, PhD
January 7th, 2022 to July 25th, 2022
Ghost of a Dream: Aligned by the Sun (through the revolution)
August 13th, 2021 to July 3rd, 2022
Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks
July 8th, 2022 to September 4th, 2022
Drawn to Life: Master Drawings from the Age of Rembrandt in the Peck Collection of the Ackland Art Museum
September 23rd, 2022 to December 31st, 2022
Houseguests: American Art from the Art Bridges Collection Loan Partnership
July 15th, 2022 to September 4th, 2022
pARC by The Urban Conga
June 18th, 2022 to July 7th, 2024
Permanent Collection Galleries
Learn more about each of these exhibits, as well as the permanent collection galleries.
Upcoming Events with Ackland Art Museum
Here are some of the upcoming events at the Ackland. Most events require registration.
Ackland F.A.M.: Play at the pARC
Sunday, July 24th, 2022
6 to 9 p.m.
Celebrate summer and the spirit of play at pARC by The Urban Conga, the Ackland’s newly opened Terrace installation, with interactive art-inspired movement workshops!
6-9 p.m. | pARC Movement Workshops
Join a pARC-inspired movement workshop led by choreographer Killian Manning, with special musical guest Daniel Levin on cello. Workshops begin at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. All ages and abilities are welcome! Wear comfortable clothing for a July evening and rubber-soled shoes.
More to Explore:
– Pick up a F.A.M. Activity Kit and make your own reflective suncatcher inspired by pARC. Available while supplies last during regular hours.
– Take a Summery Scavenger Hunt through the galleries to cool off. Available at the Front Desk.
– Read about art in unusual places in this PDF Kids’ Reading List inspired by pARC
Find all upcoming events and registration links here.
Becoming a Member of Ackland Art Museum
Becoming a member of the Ackland is a way to support the museum, and it also affords you some benefits.
Current UNC at Chapel Hill students get free membership.
A basic membership is $60 for individuals and $100 for households, and provides these benefits:
- 10% discount in the Museum Store
- Subscription to member e-newsletter
- Notices and announcements of Museum events, programs and activities
- Enrollment in the University and College Art Museum Reciprocal Program
- Free or reduced amission to public programs
- Invitations to member-only exhibition previews, events and local travel committee trips
- Member pricing for special events