Learn More & Explore

Want to find out more about the art? At the Ackland, we encourage you to pose, ponder, and pursue your own questions. From music and games to informative guides, we offer a variety of ways to experience art, both in the galleries and online. Here is a selection of resources to get you started investigating.

Close Looking Kits

Explore the Museum with hands-on materials in our Close Looking Kits, designed for kids and families and available to borrow at the Visitor Services Desk. The kits include a magnifying glass, drawing materials, and art cards with questions and prompts to search for and look closely at interesting details. You may wish to preview the art cards online in preparation for your visit.

Close Looking Kit Cards

little boy looks at the camera through a magnifying glass

Look & Listen

Painting of a person singing with a digital graphic of headphones around the painting

Listen to music related to works of art on view with the Look & Listen Gallery Soundtrack. Use your mobile device and headphones to listen as you look at the works up close in the Museum.

Look & Listen Page

Ackland Research Guide

Start your research on objects at the Ackland using this guide, created in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Sloane Art Library.

Research the Collection

Person looks at an African mask in a glass case

3D Digital Models

screen shot of an interactive 3D digital model of a statue of a person's head - one of the ways you can engage with the Ackland's art at home

Interact with virtual 3D models of Ackland objects. Zoom in, explore surface textures, and look at forms from every angle. View our models on Sketchfab!

See our 3D Models

Five Faiths Project

Learn about the beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism using works of art from the Ackland Art Museum as primary sources. Designed for middle- and high-school classes.

Visit the Five Faiths Page


Sculpture of Dancing Ganesha