Plan your Visit
Welcome, Duke alumni and parents! Admission to the Nasher Museum is free to Duke Alumni Association Members who have an Alumni Membership Card.
Include the Nasher Museum in your Duke weekend …
Visit our calendar for exhibition opening events and a lively schedule of programs, including free Family Days, performing arts events, lectures, films and social gatherings.
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Nasher New York
New York: the most influential city in the art world and where Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art is proud to present a special new program, Nasher New York.
Join Nasher New York for exclusive invitations to visit artist studios, take private, curator-led tours of museum exhibitions, go behind the scenes with seasoned collectors and gallery owners and enjoy gatherings with like-minded art aficionados.
Nasher New York means rare access to the art world—and an insider perspective on the Nasher Museum’s growing role in the global art conversation. Nasher New York is for people who love art and love Duke.
Membership in Nasher New York is open to all Duke alumni, parents and friends who contribute $1,000* or more annually to the Nasher Museum.
If you have questions about the program or membership requirements, want to be added to our mailing list for upcoming events, or wish to explore giving opportunities, please contact Stephanie Wheatley, Major Gifts Officer, at email@example.com or 919-668-4063.
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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.
Share your ideas about art and community with this activity. We will post some of your responses on our Facebook page.
We want to know what YOU think…this is YOUR museum!
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 take place on select Sundays from Noon-4 PM. On these days families visiting the museum enjoy live entertainment, create hands-on projects and explore exhibitions with a gallery hunt.
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.
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?”
- 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?
- 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.
Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Project provides engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors who live with memory loss, and also their families and care partners. Nasher Museum educators offer tours in partnership with the Duke Family Support Program, with a special emphasis on the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Reflections tours include guided discussions throughout the galleries, as well as musical performances and hands-on art experiences. These special tours offer people who live with memory loss and their families the opportunity to enjoy art in the moment, through multiple senses. Tours are inspired by the Meet Me at MoMA model.
Reflections tours will expand in the summer of 2015. Working with research and clinical partners at the Duke University Medical Center, Nasher Museum educators will expand the Reflections program to include people with mid- and late-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information about Reflections Project tours, please contact Jessica Ruhle, Manager of Public Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about supporting the Reflections Project, please contact Stephanie Wheatley, Director of Development, at email@example.com.
It can be hard for people with Alzheimer’s — and their caregivers — to find communities where they can enjoy being themselves, without worrying how others will judge their interactions or being anxious over a strange setting. Programs like Reflections, provided at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in partnership with the Duke Family Support Program, offer spaces where they can comfortably learn new things and enjoy spending time with new friends who understand what their lives are like.
Kati Henderson, a Duke graduate student and Gallery Guide, created a short documentary film about two families who are regulars on the “Look and Lunch” tours for visitors with Alzheimer’s. Her video was an assignment for a class she took at CDS last semester.
As a university art museum, the Nasher Museum is uniquely situated to bring together community members, medical researchers and practitioners, museum professionals, and university faculty and students. In addition to museum tours, the Reflections Project presents educational opportunities related to memory loss research and care.
In fall of 2016, the Nasher Museum will host Shine Symposium for museum professionals from around the country. This event is a chance for museum educators currently providing memory loss programs to share best practices, report on research, and plan future programming.
This symposium will be the first of its kind and is possible due to the generous support of the Carlyle Adams Foundation.
For additional information about the Shine Symposium, please contact Jessica Ruhle, Manager of Public Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about supporting the Reflections project, please contact Stephanie Wheatley, Director of Development, at email@example.com.
Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Project is made possible by Stefanie and Doug Kahn in honor of their fathers, Donald Schneider and Mike Kahn; the Carlyle Adams Foundation; and Chrissey Hunt.