For Everyone


Tours, performances, artist talks, and art classes are just a few of the ways visitors can experience the Ackland.

Whether you visit the Ackland on your own or with others, you will find programs and opportunities designed to spark insight into ourselves, each other, and the world.


Family & Friends Sunday
An art-filled afternoon at the Ackland with hands-on activities for all ages on the fourth Sunday of the month
Film screenings connected with special exhibitions presented in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Film Studies program
Group Tours
Free guided tours by request, customized for community groups of all ages with 8 or more individuals
Highlights Tours
Free guided tours of the Ackland's permanent collection and exhibitions offered daily
Music and Dance
Live performances featuring campus and community performers, inspired by the art on view in the galleries.
Special Programs
Special exhibition-related programming, such as book discussions, public symposiums, and live performances
Studio Saturday
Art-making classes for all ages including Art Adventures (6-9-year-olds), Drawing for Tweens (10-13-year-olds), and Drawing in the Galleries (teens and adults)
Engaging discussions with artists and other experts about our exhibitions and collections
Yoga and Tai Chi in the Galleries
Yoga and Tai Chi in the museum galleries on select Mondays, led by a certified teacher


ART& is a vibrant community and program space at the Ackland. This flexible space transforms to accommodate art making, film screenings, concerts, and more during our public programs and private events . It’s also an area to relax during your visit, continue discussions with friends, or meet with a group. In addition to serving as the Museum’s gathering space, it is also home to rotating contemporary site-specific commissions. Click here to see what’s on view in ART& right now!

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