Chapel Hill, NC Museums

One of the great things about the Chapel Hill area is its wide of museums to visit. Whether you’re a science fan or prefer the arts, it’s got a little bit of something for everyone. 

For the basketball fans out there, be sure to check out the Carolina Basketball Museum. Located on the first floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletic Center, it’s a go-to place for any Tarheel fan. It includes videos that explain in detail the history of the Carolina basketball program, as well as highlighting its 18 Final Four appearances and 17 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championships. You can also look at photos and other artifacts to see how things have changed over times - as well as see how some things have stayed the same. Admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Science fans will find the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center fitting their preferences. Founded by John Motley Morehead III in 1949, the planetarium’s history extends to former astronauts. The first NASA astronauts trained here and this training has helped to save lives, most famously with the Apollo 13 mission. Today, people can learn about the stars, planets, and space with numerous hands-on exhibits. Some of the current shows are: “Carolina Skies,” one of the oldest shows which allows participants to identify the planets and stars currently in the sky; “Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown,” which shows what happens if you get too close to a black hole; and “Earth, Moon, and Sun,” which helps to explain the relationship between the three celestial bodies. The museum is open every day except for Monday and tickets are $7.25 for adults and $6.00 for children.

The Ackland Art Museum provides a venue for any art-lover. It is located on the UNC campus and has over 16,000 works of art. Inspiration is sure to come from the numerous works shown here. The current exhibit, “A Season of Japan,” features artwork from various art periods in Japan. The work dating from the thirteenth century to modern times and contains sculptures, paintings, and even films. Admission is free and is open Wednesday through Sunday.

For families in the Chapel Hill area, the Kidzu Children’s Museum provides a fun venue for people of all ages. With the goal to inspire children and adults to be more active, the museum offers a variety of activities. Focusing predominantly on arts and crafts, the museum has many activities to help expand on a child’s imagination. Events coming up this month include pumpkin painting, a photography workshop, and weekly craft programs. Admission is $5 for adults and $2-$5 for children and is open every day except for Monday.