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Chapel Hill Museums

Find an abundance of museums featuring art, history and natural wonders close by the inn. 

Ackland Arts Museum

Following his death in 1940, William Hayes Ackland's multi-million dollar inheritance was fought over so much that the case reached the United States Supreme Court. The $1.4 million bequest, originally intended for Duke, resulted in UNC's Ackland Arts Museum, a collection of over 17,000 permanent works, including Eugene Delacroix, Pablo Picasso, and Max Weber. Walk the galleries for free or shop the museum's store.

(919) 966-5736
Carolina Basketball Museum

The Carolina Basketball Museum features artifacts, videos, photos, and interactive presentations that highlight Carolina's 20 Final Four appearances and 18 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championships, as well as some of the greatest games ever played in Tar Heel history.

(919) 962-6000
Horace Williams House

Serving as a cultural center for the Chapel Hill community, the Horace Williams House (built in 1854) serves as the headquarters of Preservation Chapel Hill and contains art exhibitions, unique architectural elements in the Greek Revival style, and event space. It borders historic Franklin Street and is shaded by majestic magnolia trees and towering oaks.

(919) 942-7818
Kidzu Children's Museum

Visit this 8,500 square foot space for a multi-sensory, play-centered experience for children and their families, teachers, and caregivers. The ever-changing array of exhibits and activities are geared towards inspiring creativity, community, and, of course, play. From science to engineering, Kidzu's program address health, wellness, and literacy.

(919) 933-1455
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

UNC's Morehead Building houses the GSK Fulldome Theater, Science Stage, exhibits, classrooms, UNC Visitors Center, Morehead-Cain Foundation, and UNC Morehead Observatory. Visit the large iconic sundial out front. Programs includes classes, special courses, summer camps, memberships, public viewings of astronomical events, and lectures.

(919) 962-1236
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

North Carolina's most visit museum is also one of the most iconic landmarks: the SECU Daily Planet. Discover the amazing things about our natural world as you visit  the museum's seven floors and explore the collections and exhibitions that span two city blocks. Take a self-guided tour or talk to the experts; and check the website to see what's coming next!

(919) 707-9800