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

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Parking & Accessibility


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. Park on the Hill contains more information about all parking options, including public lots, private lots, metered street parking, and valet parking (The Ackland is located between Columbia Street and #15 on the map).


  • Two handicap-accessible parking spaces, including one that is van accessible, are available close to the Ackland’s entrance. From Columbia Street, turn into the driveway between the Ackland and Top of the Hill. The spaces will be on your immediate right.
  • The Ackland’s front entrance is ramped and an elevator serves all floors of the Museum.
  • The Ackland’s restrooms are accessible.

Driving Directions

From Greensboro

From I-40 East, take Exit 266 (NC 86 South/Chapel Hill). Keep right at the fork and continue on NC 86 South (Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd) for approximately 4 miles into downtown Chapel Hill. Cross the intersection with Franklin Street. The Ackland will be on the left.

From Raleigh and RDU Airport

From I-40 West, take the Chapel Hill exit (273A, NC 54 West). Follow Raleigh Road/South Road through campus. Turn right on Columbia Street (86 North). Nearing Franklin Street, the Ackland will be on the right.

From Durham

On I-85, exit right at the US 15-501 South (Chapel Hill) exit. At the edge of Chapel Hill, take the Franklin Street exit. In the downtown area, turn left on Columbia Street (NC 86 South). The Ackland is on the immediate left.

Bus Lines

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

Chapel Hill Transit map (The Ackland Art Museum is near top left corner, closest to Major Transfer Points 1 and 2).