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Ackland Art Museum

101 S. Columbia St. near the Franklin Street intersection in downtown Chapel Hill. 919-966-5736.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Activities: The Ackland is an academic unit of UNC Chapel Hill. The museum's collection consists of more than 15,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina's premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), plus significant collections of European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art, African art and North Carolina pottery. The Ackland organizes more than a dozen special exhibitions a year. University scholars and guest curators enrich the Ackland exhibition schedule with cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to works of art.

Current exhibitions through March 20: "Tradition in Clay: Two Centuries of Classic North Carolina Pots," "At Work in the Wilderness: Picturing the American Landscape, 1820-1920 " and "The Oldest Paintings in America: Utah's Rock Art Photographed by Goodloe Suttler."

Cost: Free admission.

Target audience: All ages.

Directions: Interstate 85 N. to I-40 E. On I-40 E., take the Chapel Hill 86 S. exit 266 (Airport Road/Columbia Street) 41/2 miles into Chapel Hill. Just past the intersection with Franklin Street, the Ackland will be on the left. Parking is available at nearby municipal and private parking decks. Metered street parking is available on Franklin Street.

Distance from Charlotte: 135 miles; about 2 hours and 15 minutes.