Priceless Gem Tours


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

Tours begin at UNC Visitors’ Center

TO RESERVE A SPACE, please email

Please call for questions and in case of inclement weather


During February, UNC Visitors’ Center also hosts a photo exhibition honoring BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 5    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.

February 12 Black and Blue Tour

February 19 TWO TOURS OFFERED!     

  1. Black and Blue Tour
  2. 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.

 February 26 Black and Blue Tour to start at School of Government:  To include the mural “SERVICE,” the cemetery and Sonja James Stone Center

March 4         Digging in Our Heels, Angels on Campus: The History of Women on Campus with Taylor Livingston

March 11       SPRING BREAK/no tour

March 18       SPRING BREAK/no tour

SUNDAY, March 20 AT the CHAPEL HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY:  Digging In Our Heels, Angels on Campus: The History of Women On Campus with Taylor Livingston, a special presentation for the Chapel Hill Historical Society

March 25       Easter Break/UNC offices closed/no tour

April 1          Corn on the Quad – An Architectural & Historical Preservationist Tour: Given by Carolina parents Joe and Langdon Oppermann, a husband and wife team of preservationists with a nationally recognized firm, Joseph K. Oppermann- Architect P.A. (JKOA). The UNC campus is widely known for its physical beauty, in large part due to its buildings and historic layout. Joe and Langdon, architect and architectural historian, will lead a tour concentrating on three nationally significant buildings in the heart of the old campus: Playmakers Theater (with corn cobs embellishing its column capitals), Old East, and Old West. The Oppermann firm was the architect for the award-winning restorations of Old East and Old West, and on the architectural team for the renovation of Playmaker’s.

April 8           Black and Blue Tour

 April 15         AIC Presents the Native Narrative

 April 22         Anecdotes about Carolina’s Campus: Stories Behind the Asphalt, Mortar, and Steel: Freddie Kiger is a master storyteller and writer. He is considered to be one of the foremost Civil War historians in the country. He is also an ESPN statistician, teacher, sports researcher, and producer. He teaches Civil War classes through the UNC General Alumni Association. His tour experience will entertain, enlighten, educate and expand your knowledge of Carolina personalities and places.

Wednesday, April 27 LDOC (Last Day of Classes): Join the campus around the Old Well around 5 pm for the Clef Hangers to sing & close out the semester

May 6             Carolina’s Traditions, Legends and Landmarks with UNC Visitors’ Center