Now I know not all of you bleed Carolina Blue. In fact, I myself graduated from an ACC school outside of the Triangle. Still you can’t help but be impressed by this museum, and the accolades the Carolina Basketball team has won over the years. What a prestigious program.
I took C here on a quick trip to kill some time. It is completely free to get into, and indoors. I wasn’t thinking we would be here long, but I was wrong. There is an awards hall with championship rings, ACC trophies, national championship trophies, and more displayed in lit cases. There is a video room with a presentation about the history of the program, with highlights and clips from some of the biggest games and moments.
Then the area opens into a huge, sun-drenched exhibit. There is an unlimited amount of eye candy (and Carolina Blue) here . There is an area dedicated just to Dean Smith, NBA players from Carolina who went in the first-round, Michael Jordan, Sports Illustrated covers featuring UNC basketball, and who knows what else! (The oldest piece I found was from the 1920s.)
At first I was surprised at how fascinated C was by this museum. But then I realized that there was so much to look at (all locked behind safety glass, so this place is pretty kid-safe), including tvs with game clips running constantly. With a basketball floor great for exploring and running around. We had a great time here!
We tried to tie in a trip inside the Smith Center to check out the court, but it closes with no notice for practices. Thus we were denied. But we’ll try again; it is generally open to the public Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm.
Parking for the museum is across the street in the Williamson lot. Despite the large sign at the front of the lot requiring employee-only parking tags, there are metered spots specifically for the museum and Smith Center ticket office. We used those. But don’t tempt the parking folks, they will find you and ticket you if you don’t adhere to the rules. Of course, all bets are off if there is a game. So you might want to check the Tarheel basketball schedule before you go.
Like I mentioned, entrance is free. This is absolutely stroller friendly. I didn’t notice any changing tables.
It was a great little stop for us with our tot in tow.
Carolina Basketball Museum
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Tuesdays – Fridays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
450 Skipper Bowles Drive
(but, really, look at the campus map here because I never saw that road name on a single sign– the museum is directly next door to the Smith Center)