Audio guides are available for $3 per person at the museum. You can listen to the entire guide or download the chapters to a personal MP3 player for free (22 Meg Zip file Download). Right Click / Save As to download. Audio guides are FREE to Nasher Museum members. Audio guides are FREE on Thursday nights. The audio tour is available in English.

Individuals, or groups of fewer than 10 people, may purchase tickets to a guided tour of the exhibition. Guided tours are offered Thursdays at 6:30 PM and Saturdays at 11 AM and 2 PM. Tour prices are $15 per person for non-members; and $5 per person for members, Duke Students, and non-Duke-students with student ID (prices include admission to the exhibition). Tours last approximately one hour. Purchase your tour tickets now.

Guided adult tours are available to groups of 10 - 30 people from March 8 to June 6, Tuesday through Friday at 1:30 PM and 3 PM. Guided tours cost $15 per person and include admission to the exhibition. Scheduling is based on availability. Request a guided group tour.

For information about group tickets see our ticketing page.

Recommended for grades K-12
Available March 6 – June 1, 2012
Discover balance, motion and inspiration with the mobiles and stabiles of Alexander Calder and seven contemporary artists influenced by his work in the exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art.

Guided tours last 60 minutes for K-12 school groups.  On their tour, students will discuss approximately seven artworks in the Calder exhibition. Guided tours engage students in discussions about the artwork on view while encouraging critical thinking and the development of higher-order processing skills.

Groups visiting the museum on Fridays will add a 20-minute hands-on mobile making activity.

Guided visits must be scheduled in advance. Use this form to schedule your guided visit.

Before requesting a K-12 Guided Tour, please check this calendar for tour availability. Tour times listed on the calendar are currently available for the number of students listed in parenthesis.  This calendar will be updated as often as possible, but it does not reflect a “real-time” schedule of K-12 tour reservations.

FREE K-12 Educator Open House
Monday, February 27, 2012, 4 – 7 PM
Register by February 22, 2012

Self-guided groups or teacher-led school tours are permitted in all of our galleries. We highly recommend that educators preview exhibitions prior to the student visit to assure the content in each gallery is age appropriate.

Self-guided visits must be scheduled in advance. Use this form to schedule your self-guided visit. Admission fees apply for self-guided groups visiting the exhibition.

Art Squared – Kinetic Works Dancers Science in Motion: Balance, Patterns, & Laws of Motion Performance
Friday, April 27, 2012
Suggested for 5th and 6th grade students
FREE at Reynolds Theater, Duke University West Campus

The Nasher Museum partners with the Durham Arts Council’s CAPS program to expand your museum visit.  Charlotte-based dance group Kinetic Works Dancers will present their Science in Motion: Balance, Patterns, & Laws of Motion performance. Science in Motion performances reinforce concepts from science curriculum with ties to the kinetic sculptures and mobiles of Alexander Calder.  Connections are made through choreographic works including: Simple Machines and Tools, Life Cycles, and Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Groups will take a guided tour of the exhibition prior to the April 27 performance.  Call 919-684-8816 or email to schedule your museum visit and reserve your seats for this event.

FREE K-12 Educator Workshop
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 4 – 6 PM
Register by February 6, 2012

February’s workshop will focus on the exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art.  During this FREE program, participants receive partial CEU credit and interdisciplinary curriculum-based materials to use in the classroom. Experiment with hands-on art activities, network with peers, enjoy refreshments and learn about field trip opportunities.

Please note: the exhibition will not yet be on display at the time of this workshop.  All teachers who attend this workshop will receive a ticket to attend an Educator Open House on Monday, February 27.

Register Here. The program is free, but space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.


Monday, February 27, 2012, 4 – 7 PM
Register by February 22, 2012

Attend this FREE event exclusively for educators and tour the exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art.  This program will begin with a presentation by Kristi Lippire and Jason Middlebrook, contemporary artists from the exhibition.  Participants will then explore the exhibition independently and enjoy a light reception.

Educators who attend the workshop on February 9 will receive a ticket to this event.

All others should Register Here (link coming soon). The program is free, but space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Duke classes that prearrange a visit to Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art will be admitted free of charge. University classes from other institutions will pay the regular student rate of $5 per student and the discounted rate of $5 for accompanying instructors.

To schedule a class visit, contact Marianne Wardle at (919-684-5203) or Molly Boarati at (919-684-9243).
For information on Visual Literacy and how to use art in the classroom, visit

Guided tours can be arranged upon request. Scheduling of all class visits depends on availability. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance.

Everyone entering the exhibition, including those with FREE admission, must have a ticket. Duke students may receive one free ticket per day with student ID. To secure a specific day, students may purchase tickets in advance at the Nasher Museum or the University Box Office in the Bryan Center. Tickets may also be ordered online or by phone. Service charges will apply to Internet and phone purchases. For more information, see our ticketing page.

Classic Hollywood: A night at the Nasher
Exclusive Duke student party:
Friday, February 17, 2012 9 PM - 12 AM
Semi-formal, red carpet attire encouraged.

Image Credit:
Nathan Carter, Traveling Language Machine With #3 Frequency Disruptor and Disinformation Numbers Station 2007. Steel, enamel paint, 99 x 149 x 83 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York.