Priceless Gem Tours

PRICELESS GEM TOURS WILL RESUME IN THE FALL.  Schedule to be released in mid-August.

In addition to daily tours about Carolina’s mission and history, traditions, legends and lore, UNC Visitors’ Center offers special walking tours led by an expert on a particular aspect of campus on Friday afternoons at 3 pm.  Tours are free and open to the public, last 1 – 1.5 hours and begin at UNC Visitors’ Center, located in the West Wing of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Our campus and community are literally filled with ‘priceless gems!’ These special tours are an extraordinary opportunity to explore one topic in more depth with an expert in the field. The name comes from a line in our alma mater “Hark the Sound.”

 Fridays at 3 pm, during fall & spring semesters

Tours begin at UNC Visitors’ Center

TO RESERVE A SPACE, please email

Please call for questions and in case of inclement weather


UNC Visitors’ Center currently hosts a photo exhibition about our African-American history.

FALL SCHEDULE TO BE PUBLISHED.  Please check back with us!  PRICELESS GEM TOURS OCCUR WHEN REGULAR CLASSES ARE IN SESSION, and not on holidays, breaks or during exams.

Priceless Gem tours have included campus architecture, our trees, the history of women on campus and many other topics such as the following:

Black and Blue Tour: A distinctive walking tour on the African-American history of the University, with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Black and Blue tour hopes to contribute to a real understanding of our African American past as we build a better Carolina and work to create a fuller perspective on our University’s history. Our guide, Robert Porter, has over thirty years of experience as a lecturer for UNC’s department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, winning numerous teaching awards. He remains passionate about his interests in history, public history, and African-American history, all of which go back to his grade school days.  Offered on the 2nd Friday of the month when classes in session during the fall and spring semesters.

American Indian Center Presents the Native Narrative: Using traditional storytelling, this guided campus tour will give participants an accurate and complete story of the American Indian presence on Carolina’s campus.  Focusing on past, present and future, American Indian staff, alumni, students and community members will recall personal experiences and stories from their time at the University and discuss how they relate to Carolina today. The tour will also demonstrate the integration of indigenous knowledge and Westernized knowledge both in the past and today. Offered on the 3rd Friday of the month when classes in session during the fall and spring semesters.