Campus Attractions

We invite you to visit Carolina and explore campus - feel the history, vibrancy and charm unique to Carolina. The UNC Visitors Center offers guided tours; the Tar Heel Scavenger Hunt guide, which steers K-5 students on a fun, interactive tour of campus landmarks; or our self-guided tour brochure. There are also many other things to do that will enrich your Carolina visit. Check out this list of other things on campus to explore.

Ackland Art Museum

101 South Columbia Street| 919-966-5736 |ackland@unc.edu | Free admission | Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.;  Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Second Friday of the month, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Closed Monday and Tuesday

Since 1958, the Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina’s most important cultural resources. Located on the edge of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus, the Ackland provides experiences that spark insight into ourselves, each other and the world. Explore the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits on your own or on a guided tour, and check out the museum’s numerous special events and public programming.

Carolina Basketball Museum

450 Skipper Bowles Drive | 919-962-6000 | Free admission |
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Closed Sunday

The Carolina Basketball Museum  features artifacts, photographs, videos and historical panels that highlight the history of the Carolina basketball program. The museum is located on the first floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center, adjacent to the Dean E. Smith Center and Koury Natatorium on Skipper Bowles Drive. Call the main number to schedule group tours.

The Women’s Basketball Museum is located in Carmichael Arena at 310 South Road and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Carmichael Arena is closed during all team practices and when there is an event scheduled that would require the building to be closed for event preparation. Call the Carmichael Arena Administrative Office at 919-962-7874 prior to your visit to make sure the building will be open.

Carolina Campus Community Garden

200 Wilson Street | Claire Lorch, Education Coordinator | Free admission | Hours: visits by appointment

The Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) is a program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden and grows vegetables and fruit so that all University employees have access to fresh, sustainably grown produce through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty and local residents. The garden serves as a learning community for developing gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility and interdisciplinary academic pursuits.

To visit the CCCG, call 919-942-5001 or contact Claire Lorch for visiting information.

Carolina Performing Arts

114 East Cameron Avenue | 919-843-3333 | Hours: vary depending on performances

Carolina Performing Arts curates and presents exceptional arts experiences that inspire and provoke the Carolina community and beyond and celebrate the intrinsic value of the creative process. Carolina Performing Arts hosts a number of diverse artistic performances ranging from dance to theater to world music. Performance attendees can purchase tickets online, by phone or in person at the Memorial Hall Box Office.

Coker  Arboretum

399 East Cameron Avenue | 919-962-0522 | North Carolina Botanical Garden | Free admission |Hours: open daily, dawn to dusk

Coker Arboretum is located next to the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  campus, at the corner of Country Club Road and Raleigh Street. Managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden, it is one of the Garden’s oldest tracts. The arboretum began as an outdoor classroom for study of trees, shrubs and vines native to North Carolina and now consists of a wide variety of plantings, including flowering trees and shrubs as well as bulb and perennial displays. Visitors can take a free, one-hour guided tour at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month (March -November). Parents and teachers can download the Kid’s Scavenger Hunt worksheet [PDF] for an exciting pedagogical activity.

Kenan Football Stadium & Football Center 

104 Stadium Drive | 919-966-2575 | Free admission, except for ticketed events | Stadium hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., depending on team practice schedule. Occasionally open on weekends, depending on team practice and game schedule. |Hall of Honor hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Carolina football plays its home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium (cap. 51,000), one of the most picturesque athletic venues in America. Kenan Stadium has been the home of  Tar Heel football since 1927, and the thrill of playing in or attending a game there is as exhilarating now as it was when it was first constructed. Considering its majestic setting among the Carolina pines, many observers say Kenan Stadium is the most beautiful football facility in the country.

For a look inside Kenan football complex, see UNC Football virtual tours.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 East Franklin Street | 919-962-1236 | mpsc_reservations@unc.edu | Free admission for exhibits and Science Stage programs. Tickets available for purchase for full-dome planetarium shows. | Hours: Tuesday­­ – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Closed Monday

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a unit of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Morehead building houses the GSK Full-dome Theater, as well as the Science Stage, exhibits and Morehead classrooms; consult Morehead’s calendar for specific show times and exhibit hours. Our large iconic sundial is located in front of the planetarium along Franklin Street. The UNC Visitors Center, Morehead-Cain Foundation and UNC Morehead Observatory are also located in the Morehead building.

North Carolina Botanical Garden

399 East Cameron Avenue | 919-962-0522 | ncbg@unc.edu | Free admission | Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. | Closed Monday

The North Carolina Botanical Garden has been a leader in native plant conservation and education in the southeastern United States for more than 40 years. Along with exploring the beautiful landscapes and rotating exhibits, visitors can take a free, one-hour guided tour of the Garden on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

PlayMakers Reperatory Company

120 Country Club Road | 919-962-7529 | prcboxoffice@unc.edu | Tickets available for purchase | Hours: Monday–Friday, noon –4 p.m. | 90 minutes before each performance

PlayMakers Reperatory Company is the professional theatre in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Through its numerous performances, the Company strives to produce entertaining, relevant and courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives and creates transformational impact in its immediate and extended communities. Performance attendees can purchase tickets online or by phone.

 

SERVICE Mural at the UNC School of Government

Sonja Matanovic | 919-966-4178

SERVICE, a mural by Colin Quashie, is a creative interpretation of the Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-in of 1960, that commemorates the contributions of African-Americans. SERVICE is on display and accessible to the public at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at  Chapel  Hill. The Knapp-Sanders Building is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Carolina K-12 offers a lesson plan to utilize the mural as a teaching tool in the classroom. To learn more about the SERVICE mural or to arrange a visit to the mural for a group, visit the School of Government. 

Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

150 South Road | 919-962-9001 | stonecenter@unc.edu | Free admission | Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Closed Saturday and Sunday

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History is the University’s center for the critical examination of African-American diaspora and African cultures. The Center provides intellectual and cultural programming that is both timely and informative and regularly exhibits artwork and other collections in the Brown Gallery exhibit space.

UNC Library tours

Individual library hours and contact information vary by location | Free admission

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library provides collections, expertise, services and facilities that are essential to achieving the University’s mission of research, teaching, learning and public service for the campus community, state, nation and world. Carolina’s libraries system is consistently ranked among the top university libraries in North America and is one of the premier libraries in the South. Throughout Carolina’s libraries, you will find the rich collections and high-quality service that make Carolina a research destination for students and scholars.

Visitors can explore campus libraries on their own and check out a number of different exhibits, such as those in the North Carolina Collection Gallery in Wilson Library. Many of the libraries offer guided tours of their buildings and collections for individuals and groups.