What You Need To Know About Duke University’s Art Museum

Nasher Art Museum Claude Monet painting

Looking to tour your next art museum? Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is a modern and contemporary art museum at the heart of Duke University. Located at 2001 Campus Drive in Durham, North Carolina, the museum receives around 100,000 visitors each year. 

“Our university should enfold culture of every nature.” — Raymond D. Nasher, 1943

A $1.5 million new Sculpture Garden is the first expansion of the Nasher Museum since it was built in 2005. Admission to the garden is free and open to all. The lush green space opened on September 28, 2019. 

The Sculpture Garden is the first part of a vision to build a sculpture park around the perimeter of the Nasher Museum (and along Campus Drive). Raymond Nasher was an alumnus of Duke University. Together, with his wife Patsy, they collected a substantial amount of the world’s most renowned sculptures. 

The outdoor space creates a connection between the Nasher Museum and Rubenstein Arts Center, improving accessibility throughout the Duke Arts District. It will also help establish a flexible space for outdoor study sessions, performances and more.

Museum Hours (call 919.684.5135 for more information)

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Thursday – 10 AM to 9 PM (General admission is free all day.)
  • Sunday – Noon to 5 PM

The Nasher Museum plans to commission a vivid street painting across Campus Drive, between the museum and the Rubenstein Arts Center. The Rubenstein Arts Center is a hub for artistic production at Duke University and a new arts venue for the Triangle (including the areas of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill).

Students, faculty, visiting artists, and other collaborators come together in flexible project studios to hone their skills and create new work. The space also hosts performances. 

The 70,000+ square foot building includes flexible multipurpose studios, seminar classrooms, a makerspace, the Ruby Lounge, the von der Heyden Studio Theater, a film screening theater, and more. The YouTube video below celebrates the vibrant, creative community at Duke and in Durham, North Carolina. 

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