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Before you visit in person, we invite you to explore the Nasher Museum online. Peruse leading-edge exhibitions, search our growing permanent collection, discover exciting art and artists.

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Sketching in the Galleries

Following a brief drawing warm-up activity, visitors can practice sketching artwork around the museum. Paper and drawing utensils will be supplied. Pens and wet media are not permitted in the Nasher Museum galleries.

Connect with Art

Find lots of ways to experience art at the Nasher Museum. Exhibitions take on dimension through gallery talks, live music, visiting artists, dance performances, guest chefs, guided tours, teacher workshops, book discussions, wine tastings, sketching in the gallery, make-and-take craft sessions, Family Days, movie nights and more. For complete details, please visit our calendar.

Family Days

Family Days take place on select Sundays from 12-4 PM. On these days families visiting the museum enjoy live entertainment, create hands-on projects and explore exhibitions with a gallery hunt.

2014 Family Days
April 27, 2014
September 28, 2014
November 23, 2014

2015 Family Days
January 25, 2015
March 15, 2015
May 17, 2015

Visit the calendar page for additional information.

Support for the Nasher Museum’s education programs is provided by the Trent A. Carmichael Fund for Community Education, Fox Family Foundation, Mindy and Guy Solie, and the SunTrust Foundation. In-kind support is provided by The Container Store®.

Visiting a Museum with Kids

Visual art is a great topic for conversation. We encourage you to talk with your kids about the art you see at the Nasher Museum. Ask them their opinions and share your own. Make sure everyone’s ideas and opinions are respected and valued. There’s no right or wrong when talking about art!

Before you visit

What is a museum and why are we going there?
A museum is a place to discover exciting art. Let your kids know why you look forward to the visit. A specific work of art or exhibition? Learning something new? Spending time with one another? Ask kids what they would like to see.

When You Visit

Let your child be the guide.
If you’ve come to see something specific, start there. If you’re not sure where to start, we encourage you to allow your child to be the tour guide. The younger the child, the shorter the visit may be. Regardless of age, be sure to take a break to rest about every 15-20 minutes.

Draw What You See
We invite you to draw with pencils and colored pencils in the Nasher Museum galleries. You can even borrow these materials from the information desk when you visit. Please remember to keep your paper on your lap, on a clipboard or on the floor.

When we draw something, we often slow down and look more carefully than we would otherwise.

Download a gallery hunt to use on your visit.

Observe, Connect, Create
Asking questions encourages us all to think, make connections and be creative. Start with what your child sees in the art and perhaps move toward a more complex discussion. Don’t force it – if your child loses interest, simply move on to another work.

If you’re visiting with a child 12 years or older, or a teenager, consider asking questions like, “How does this make you feel?”  Look for visual evidence in the art to support the answers: “What do you see that makes you think that?” 

Observation questions: 

  • What do you see?
  • What colors are there?
  • How many people/animals/objects do you see?
  • What do you like/not like? Why?
  • What makes these works similar?
  • What makes them different?

Connecting questions:

  • Have you seen anything like this before (in school, at home, at another museum)?
  • Did you notice any other works on our visit today that are like this one?
  • Does this remind you of anything from real life? 

Creative thinking questions:

  • Where do you think these people/animals/objects are from? Where are they going?
  • Tell me a story about this artwork.
  • If you could change something about this work, what would you change?
  • What will happen 10 minutes after this scene?

After You Visit

Reflect on your time at the Nasher Museum together. What do you remember from the visit? What would you like to see again? Did your visit awaken your inner artist? Work together to create art inspired by something you saw.

Nasher Museum exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the late Mary D.B.T. Semans and James H. Semans, the late Frank E. Hanscom III, The Duke Endowment, the Nancy Hanks Endowment, the Courtney Shives Art Museum Fund, the James Hustead Semans Memorial Fund, the Janine and J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund, the Trent A. Carmichael Fund for Community Education, the Neely Family Fund, the E. T. Rollins, Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Fund for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Marilyn M. Arthur Fund, the Sarah Schroth Fund, the George W. and Viola Mitchell Fearnside Endowment Fund, the Gibby and Michael B. Waitzkin Fund, the K. Brantley and Maxine E. Watson Endowment Fund, the Victor and Lenore Behar Endowment Fund, the Margaret Elizabeth Collett Fund, the Nasher Museum of Art General Endowment, the Friends of the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, Duke University.