Visiting Us During the Pandemic: What You Need to Know

Welcome! The Ackland is open to the public for walk-in visits Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. We are also open on the 2nd Friday of the month from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

We continue to follow guidelines put in place by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As of March 7, 2022, masks are optional inside the Ackland. We ask that you postpone your visit if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

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What To Expect

As of March 7, 2022, masks are optional inside the Ackland. This change follows the guidance of the Orange County Health Department, the University, and the UNC System.

Public Health Guidelines We’re Following

The  Ackland Art Museum is committed to fulfilling our mission in a manner that makes the safety and well-being of Museum visitors, volunteers, and staff our highest priority. In developing appropriate protocols and procedures, we have followed the recommended guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Plan Your Visit


Visitors can enjoy a visit to the Ackland during the following hours:

Wednesday–Saturday | 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday | 1:00-5:00 p.m.
2nd Fridays 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Mask Policy

As of March 7, 2022, masks are optional inside the Ackland.

Health & Safety

  • We require our employees to stay home if they feel sick, and we ask our visitors to do the same.  If you or anyone in your party are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you reschedule your visit to the Ackland.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the Museum. We encourage visitors and staff to use them and to wash your hands often.
  • Please respect others who wish to maintain their personal space.
  • Plexiglas shields have been installed in our lobby check-in desk and museum store.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is extremely contagious.

What Will Be Different?

Visitors are encouraged to access our About the Art Guides and Gallery Maps digitally with QR codes located throughout the Museum if possible. Disposable physical self-guided tours and gallery maps will be available in the lobby.