Rent the Ackland
The Ackland Art Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and present great art to educate, inspire, and engage the university and its regional, national, and international audiences in free and open inquiry. Part of fulfilling this mission is extending the use of our building in downtown Chapel Hill as an event venue for private groups.
Out of an abundance of caution, private event rentals at the Ackland will be paused through October. If you are interested in inquiring about an event taking place after September, please fill out the event request form below.
Event Rental FAQ
Who can rent the Ackland?
University departments, non-profits, and for-profit organizations may rent the Museum. For individual events please contact the Ackland’s Event Coordinator.
What types of private events happen at the Ackland?
Cocktail parties and happy hours with light refreshments or small dinner parties are ideal in our space. We are happy to schedule a walk-through of the space to discuss how we can accommodate your event.
Are any types of events NOT allowed?
Because the Ackland Art Museum is a fragile environment, with limited space and staffing for hosting special events, all use of the Museum facility must be pre-approved by the Ackland Art Museum and conducted in accordance with the University’s Policy on Use of University Facilities and the Ackland Art Museum Use Policy.
The following activities are prohibited: (a) weddings or related events; (b) political or religious meetings; and (c) fundraising events for organizations other than the Ackland Art Museum.
All exceptions made to these policies regarding use of the Museum facilities are solely at the discretion of the Ackland Art Museum and must be pre-approved.
When can private events occur?
Private events may only be booked outside of The Museum’s normal business hours. The chart below outlines the hours available for private event bookings. The timing below is based on event time only and is not inclusive of set up and break down.
|Monday & Tuesday||8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday & Thursday||8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. &||6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday & Saturday||8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. &||6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. &||6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
What is the capacity?
|Event Style||Full Museum||ART&||Print Study||Front Terrace||Courtyard|
|Square (open center)||N/A||36||N/A||N/A||40|
|Seated Dinner / Full Rounds||N/A||60||N/A||90||120|
|* 1,856 sq. ft. is event space|
|N/A=Room layout cannot be changed|
|† Only includes tentable space|
How much does it cost?
Learn more about pricing for University departments and 501c3 non-profits.
Read our full policy for non-profit and University events.
Learn more about pricing for individuals and for-profit organizations.
Read our full policy for private events.
How can my group rent the Ackland?
Out of an abundance of caution, private event rentals at the Ackland will be paused through October. If you are interested in inquiring about an event taking place after September, please fill out the event request form linked below. You can also contact the Ackland’s Events Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-962-9356 to discuss your event.