Cultural Destinations & Museums
Downtown Chapel Hill offers visitors a Mile of Culture, cultural venues for all ages and interests all within walking distance from each other. Plan to spend the day visiting one or several of our museums, which are so engaging you will be engrossed for hours! Explore local history, visual art, sports memorabilia, nature and the galaxies.
Ackland Art Museum
South Columbia Street
The Ackland Art Museum holds the largest collection of Asian art in the state and is known for a variety of works ranging from ancient to 21st century. Ackland also hosts Art After Dark the second Friday of each month where you can enjoy live jazz, complimentary refreshments and art viewing until 9pm. Photo courtesy of the Ackland Art Museum.
Franklin Street Arts Collective
109 East Franklin Street
Featuring work from over 70 artists, FRANK offers paintings, ceramics and sculpture as well as a wide selection of fine art, jewelry, and gifts. FRANK is a collective, founded by the area’s finest artists working together to open the door for creative innovation in the arts. With changing exhibitions, artists salons, special events and more; FRANK is a site for community networking perfectly located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill.
Horace Williams House
610 East Rosemary Street
For a glimpse into the lives of the past, visit the historic Horace Williams House (c. 1840), which retains itsoriginal pine floor boards and boasts lovely parquet ceilings in the parlor and entrance hall. Restored in 1974, the house is maintained by the Preservation Society of chapel Hill as a cultural resource and art exhibition space. Photo courtesy of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society.
Planetarium and Science Center
250 East Franklin Street
One of the largest planetariums in the United States, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (MPSC), complete with a 68-foot domed star theater, teaches about the night sky, lunar landings and black holes! MPSC offers multi-media star shows, stellar exhibits and year-round programming for all ages. Photo courtesy of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
Kidzu Children's Museum
123 West Franklin Street
Kidzu Children’s Museum creates a fun and interactive learning environment for children ages eight andunder through hands-on exhibits, stories and activities. Exhibits change frequently, so you can visit kidzu over and over and see something different every time!
The Wilson Library
University of North Carolina
The North Carolina Collection reveals the history, literature and culture of North Carolina through more than 120,000 books and 78,000 pamphlets along with many newspapers, journals, maps, broadsides, photographs, audiovisuals, microforms and other materials. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection Gallery.