Front view of the Ackland.

Ackland Art Museum

Chapel Hill, North Carolina | United States

About the Museum

The Ackland Art Museum is one of the preeminent cultural institutions in the state of North Carolina. The Ackland’s encyclopedic permanent collection consists of over 18,000 works of art, including a renowned collection of Asian art, as well as large collections by European masters; twentieth-century and contemporary art; photographs; and North Carolina pottery. The Ackland was founded through the bequest of William Hayes Ackland, a Nashville-born patron of the theater and the visual arts who, “wanted the people of his native South to know and love the fine arts.” Ackland’s trust, awarded to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded the construction of the museum building and continues to fund new purchases of art. The Ackland acquires pieces that demonstrate artistic excellence; that relate to existing collections, and that offer potential for teaching and learning.

A selection of the Ackland’s permanent collection is always on display. In addition, the Museum features 10-12 changing exhibitions each year, with over half of the Museum’s gallery space dedicated to special and traveling exhibitions on a range of artistic styles. The Museum functions as an extension of the classroom at UNC-Chapel Hill. Its Ackland Upstairs gallery, which allows faculty of UNC-Chapel Hill to have eight to ten works of art installed for the in-person use of their classes, is also open to museum visitors. The Ackland also offers a number of programs for K-12 students and community members, including the 2nd Friday Artwalk, Yoga in the Galleries, Art Adventures, and Drawing for Tweens.

Read More
Location

Similar Museums

Load More

We use our own and third party cookies to enable you to navigate around our Site, use its features and engage on social media, and to allow us to perform analytics, remember your preferences, provide services that you have requested and produce content and advertisements tailored to your interests, both on our Site as well as others. For more information, or to learn how to change your cookie or marketing preferences, please see our updated Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy.

By continuing to use our Site, you consent to our use of cookies and to the practices described in our updated Privacy Policy.

Close