The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is North Carolina’s center for live entertainment and the performing arts. Opened in 2008 as one of the largest centers of its kind in the Carolinas, DPAC hosts hundreds of performances a year, ranging from high profile concerts to Broadway productions, stand-up comedy routines, and festivals. The center is recognized for its contemporary steel and glass design, and features 2,700 seats with intimate sightlines. DPAC’s “Heart of the Arts” community outreach program runs master theater classes for local students, and invites the students to backstage tours, orchestra rehearsals, and post-performance discussions.
This chapel built in the center of Duke University in the Collegiate Gothic style was completed in 1932. Its tower soars 210 feet (65 meters) into the sky, and its founder, James B. Duke, felt that its inspirational presence would influence campus music, faith, and learning. Fine ornamentation, stained glass, and four beautifully crafted organs, including a Flentrop, or "Bach's Organ," draw thousands of admirers to the chapel every year. Free, guided tours of the chapel are offered every Sunday after an 11a worship service.
One of the leading art museums of the American South, the North Carolina Museum of Art opened in 1956 as the first in the nation established with public state funds. More than 40 galleries here are home to a permanent collection of paintings, artifacts, and sculptures spanning the history of art from antiquity to the present day. Visitors can see paintings of the European Renaissance, Egyptian funerary artifacts, and contemporary international works of art, among others. An amphitheater hosts outdoor performances, and a museum park features more than a dozen major site-specific works surrounded by forests and fields.
Named after the family of industrialist James Duke, this private, independent research university sprawls over three campuses, and is an icon of research, culture, and education. The university attracts visitors for its Collegiate Gothic Architecture, the highlight of which is Duke Chapel, an active interdenominational chapel in the center of the school's campus. Other highlights include the Lemur Center–a rare and endangered prosimian primate sanctuary—a Medical Center, the Perkins Library, the Sarah B. Duke Gardens, and the Duke Forest and Golf Club. Student-led tours, and maps for self-guided tours, are available through the undergraduate admissions office.
The Nasher Museum is dedicated to presenting contemporary art from around the world, and showcasing art made by historically underrepresented groups. Founded in 2005 on the campus of Duke University, the museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 10,000 works, with strong holdings in medieval, pre-Colombian, classical, and modern and international contemporary art. Free guided tours are made available to groups of ten or less two days a week.
Established in 1795, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill still stands today as the oldest public university in the country. This campus hosts a plethora of events throughout the year in the arts, academics, sports and more. Memorial Hall stages a breath-taking concerts, Kenan Memoral Stadium hosts stunning feats of athleticism and the Ackland Art Museum provides a quiet place to contemplate the visual arts.
Dedicated in 1958 and renovated in the early 1990s, Ackland Art Museum is on the University of North Carolina's campus and features everything from European paintings, contemporary American works, as well as Asian and African art. There really is nearly thousands of works on display. Paintings and sculptures by well-known artists Degas and Pisarro are part of the museum's permanent collection. The museum annually hosts four to six temporary exhibits. In the past, these exhibits have included famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Edvard Munch. Admission is free.
Hill Hall served as one of the first libraries of the university and now functions as state of the art concert hall located inside the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. The interiors of the hall are a treat to your eyes with wood paneling and various musical instruments like piano and pipe organs arranged to add to the aura. The hall is used for recitals and concerts and can accommodate up to 455 guests for a single event.
Located in the University of North Carolina, the Old East is a historic hall. This Italianate residence hall was built in 1793, and is one of the first constructions on site. It comprises of study rooms, kitchen, laundry, television room and lounges. Some of the amenities include smoke detectors, alarms, air-conditioning and sprinkler system. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Carolina Performing Arts is a major hub of arts and culture owned and managed by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. The center is spread out and encourages art and young artists to exhibit their talent. They have played host to various international artists and some big names and is available for concerts as well.
The Carolina Inn is adjacent to the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This historic hotel features a flat-screen TV in each room and a fitness centre on site. Free Wi-Fi and satellite channels are included in the classically decorated guestrooms of this Chapel Hill hotel. Some rooms provide a microwave and small refrigerator for extra convenience. A launderette and a gift shop are both on site at the Carolina Inn of Chapel Hill. Guests will also enjoy access to a business centre, valet parking, and a shuttle service is also available. There are a few dining options on site at this hotel, including Forbes, which serves up-scale Southern American cuisine. A breakfast buffet is also available so guests can start the day off right. This hotel is located in Chapel Hill city centre and is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. Battle Park is just 1 mile away.
In its original incarnation, the Old Well was the sole source of water for the University of North Carolina's campus in Chapel Hill. The current form of the Old Well was built in 1897 as a neoclassical rotunda and encompasses a water fountain that uses the same source of water as its predecessor. Tradition dictates that students prior to their first exams should drink from the Old Well for good luck and on football game days, the North Carolina Tar Heels team will travel from the Old Well to Kenan Memorial Stadium for the big game.