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Ackland Art Museum

 Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC

Ackland Museum of Art in Chapel Hill, NC

There are few towns in America and few Universities that can boast of having an art museum of national reputation like the Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NCFounded at the bequest of  William Hayes Ackland (1855-1940) to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Ackland Trust provided the funds to construct the museum building, and continues to provide for the purchase of works of art. Although Ackland was not a collector himself he had a desire that the people of his native south would know and love fine arts and believed the best place for such a museum was in a university setting. His first choice had been Duke and in fact when he died in 1940 his bequest was left to that school. Unfortunately for Durham and fortunately for Chapel Hill, the Duke University trustees objected to Mr Ackland being buried in the museum and that they would not have control over the money. This began nine years of litigation and in the end the museum was awarded to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill, NCThe Ackland Art Museum has a permanent collection of over 15,000 objects including the art of Asia, Africa, Europe and America, with works ranging from ancient times to the 21st century. The Museum holds the most significant collection of Asian art in North Carolina and one of the largest collections of works on paper in the Southeast. the Ackland has recently added to its collection of twentieth-century and contemporary art to go along with the European painting and sculpture which it is known for. The collection of ancient Greek artifacts is impressive for a museum of its size and enough to make me homesick. The Ackland's collection has exceeded the size of the building though this does not keep them from hosting exhibits from all over the world. The museum's conservation facility enables paintings and sculptures in need of minor repairs to be treated in house while at the same time serving as an educational facility, training and supervising conservation interns.

The Ackland Art Museum is on South Columbia Street a few steps away from the intersection of Franklin in downtown Chapel Hill. Admission is Free and it is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 to 5 and on Sunday from 1 to 5. It is closed most major holidays. The Museum is handicap accessable and tours can be provided by request. For more information you can call 919 966 5736 or by e-mail at ackland@email.unc.edu or visit their website.

Be sure to visit the museum shop at the intersection of Franklin and Columbia Streets in downtown Chapel Hill

Related Pages: North Carolina Artists , Chapel Hill, UNC, NC Museum of Art 

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