Welcome! The Ackland has reopened its doors. Click here for all the information you’ll need for your visit. Admission to the Ackland is always free.


Not able to visit? We hope you’ll join us online. We have a wealth of materials for virtual visitors: educational resources for teachers and parents; Virtual Art Adventures for children aged 6-9; About the Art Guides, Close Looking Kits, Look & Listen Gallery Soundtracks, and 3D digital models; a collection database of more than 19,000 objects; Family and Friends’ Sundays activities like art-making, movement workshops, and storytimes; and live and recorded virtual events like Close Looks at Cocktail Hour, artist talks, Art for Lunch conversations, and much more.



The Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 S. Columbia Street, near the corner of West Franklin and South Columbia streets, in downtown Chapel Hill.

On Columbia Street, we are between Top of the Hill and the Carolina Inn, and a short walk from each.

The Museum is adjacent to the Hanes Art Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.


Convenient parking is available at several nearby municipal and private parking decks, as well as over 430 metered spaces within a 10-minute walk of the Ackland Art Museum. Parking validation is available for Ackland members at the Benefactor level and above.

Weeknight parking in the Ackland’s Porthole Alley lot now requires a $1 permit. Click here for more information from UNC about obtaining a weeknight parking permit.

Evening parking Friday through Sunday does not require a permit.

Use Park on the Hill to learn more about all parking options. Zoom in twice and find the Ackland on Columbia Street just south of Franklin Street, behind Top of the Hill.

Bus Lines

The Ackland and downtown Chapel Hill are easily accessible by most Chapel Hill Transit bus lines. The bus lines that travel closest to the Museum are A, CL, CW, D, F, G, HS, N, NS, and T.

Click here for a Chapel Hill Transit map of the UNC campus (The Ackland Art Museum is near top left corner, closest to Major Transfer Points 1 and 2).

The Ackland is also accessible by many Go Triangle bus lines. The Go Triangle lines that travel closest to the Museum are 400, 405, 420, CRX, and PART 4. The 800 and 805 buses travel to within a 10 minute walk from the Student Stores on UNC’s campus.

Click here for a Go Triangle system map (the Ackland Art Museum is near the left side, closest to the Downtown Chapel Hill major route stop).


a man with low vision carrying a white cane looks at a sculpture in a display case

Getting Here

The Ackland’s front entrance is ramped, but our front door is not currently equipped with an automatic opener.

There are two accessible parking spaces in our Porthole Alley lot. When you arrive, pull up to the gate and ring our security desk from the call box. Visitors using the accessible parking spaces must display the appropriate University or DOT disability placard or plate. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Find more accessible parking spaces on campus with the UNC Campus Accessibility map.

Inside the Museum

An elevator serves all floors of the Museum.

The Ackland’s has one single-stall, wheelchair-accessible restroom.

Large-print interpretive materials are available.


We strive to make the Ackland’s website accessible to website visitors with disabilities.

If you have a question or concern about our website’s accessibility features, please contact the webmaster, or visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Digital Accessibility Office.