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What’s happening at Ackland Art Museum

The Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina’s most important cultural resources since 1958. Located in the heart of Downtown Chapel Hill, the Ackland has unique events for all ages to experience and interact with art, music, culture and more! Admission is free for everyone to check out the museum’s priceless collections.


Start with a tour of the Ackland’s art Collection:

Every Wednesday at 2 p.m., a free, 30-minute docent-led tour enables visitors to explore the Ackland Art Museum collection with a guide.

There’s always something new to see at the Ackland:

Thursday, April 27th from 5 - 9p.m., everyone is welcome to attending the opening party for the Ackland’s new exhibition Time Will Tell.  The 2017 Master of Fine Arts candidates at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill use their artworks to explore time as an indefinite period rather than as a measurement of specific durations during this exhibit.

Time Will Tell will be shown in the museum from April 28th – June 4th!

Relax among the art:

Take a break from your day and explore the world of yoga in the beautiful setting of the Ackland! The hour-long session will provide an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by the art in the gallery. Check out the next session on May 1st at 12 p.m.!

The Ackland also offers Tai Chi in the Galleries, inspired by the renowned Asian art collections at the museum! Attend the next Tai Chi class may 1st at 1 p.m.!

Art Adventures for kids:

Designed for 6 to 9-year-olds, Art Adventures sessions provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland’s galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasures in an adjacent art studio using newly-learned art-making techniques. Sign up for the next class on May 6th!

Drawing for Tweens:

This program invites 10 to 13-year-olds to look at selected works in the Ackland’s galleries and identify techniques that the artists used to make them. Gallery teachers demonstrate and teach participants technical skills, which they can then apply to their own artistic creations. A mix of drawing from works on display and creating one’s own original works is offered in each session. Come to Drawing for Tweens’ next session on may 6th!


Liz Allen Mainous