Welcome! Admission to the Ackland is always free.


Mon-Tue: Closed
Wed-Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: 1 to 5 p.m.
Second Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Not able to visit in person? We hope you’ll join us online to explore our materials for virtual visitors: educational resources for teachers and parents; About the Art Guides, Close Looking Kits, Look & Listen Gallery Soundtracks, and 3D digital models; an online collection search; and recorded programs like 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.


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. Click here for accessible parking information. 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 in the Town of Chapel Hill. 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).

As of March 7, 2022, masking is still required on Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle transit buses.