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.

Learn more about Duke’s commitment to the arts and the Nasher Museum’s objectives.

Nasher New York

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University invites Duke alumni and parents to join us for an exclusive series of events in one of the premier cities of the art world- New York.  Nasher New York is a chance to go behind the scenes for unique experiences, while connecting with like-minded friends who love art and love Duke. Programs include invitations to artist studios, galleries, auction houses, and more.  We’ll open the doors to private collections and intimate conversations with curators, artists, and collectors. Enjoy unparalleled access to extraordinary locations and remarkable activities, like a tour of Eric Fischl’s studio or a visit to Arne Glimcher’s private residence. For Duke alumni and parents, Nasher New York is an opportunity not to be missed.

For more information about Nasher New York or opportunities to support the Nasher Museum, please contact Nasher Development at or 919-684-3411.

Spring 2017

March 1-3, 2017: The Armory Show: VIP Early Access

March 3-6, 2017: The Armory Show: Public Event

May 4, 2017: Frieze New York: Preview By Invitation Only

May 5-7, 2017: Frieze New York: Public Event

Additional Upcoming Events – Dates TBD

Cocktails and conversation hosted by Duke alumnus Lawrence Benenson T’89. In 2016, Benenson was included in “The World’s Top 100 Art Collectors” by artnet news.

Studio Museum in Harlem with Duke Alumni Association and Duke Black Alumni

Family Days

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.

2017 Family Days
January 22, 2017
March 26, 2017
May 21, 2017

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®.

Family Guide

Families! On your next visit, enjoy our new Family Guide, a short interactive gallery companion available for families and young visitors. The guide connects visitors with works of art in the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection, provides additional information, and suggests fun gallery activities. There are also ideas for extending the fun at home! Family Guides are available at the front desk.


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?”

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.

Check out this page regularly for new program offerings for high school students in the area! 

IMPACT! Teen Only Party at the Nasher Museum

Saturday, June 3, 7 – 10 PM

Collaborate with Local Artists. Eat, Play, Dance, and Make Art. Hear Live Music, Spoken Word, Step and More! Carpool & Bring Friends. Free Parking.

A bus will pick up at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability at 7:25 PM and Hillside High School at 7:45 PM.

Let us know you will attend this party at this facebook page.

Check out images from last year’s party. Please share this event to all teens you know and love! 

For more information email Meg Williams at or William Paul Thomas at or call 919-684-9244.

Nasher Teen Programs & Workshops

Are you a high school student interested in museums, being creative and collaborating with other teens? The Nasher Teens have completed the teen workshops for 2016. Be sure to check back in 2017 for new ones. All programs and workshops are open to ALL high school students with a valid ID. Registration is required for selected workshops.

Upcoming Teen Meetups

Nasher Teen May Meetup

May  18, 5 – 7 PM

Teens are invited to take in and discuss video work on view in All Matterings of Mind, then work with students from Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts to explore this exciting artistic medium. Registration is required.

Past Teen Workshops

Nasher Teen March Meetup: Saturday Studio

On March 11, Nasher Teens were invited to bring works in progress or create something entirely new. Teens also toured exhibitions and received guidance and input from a local artist.

Nasher Teen February Meetup

On February 23rd, Nasher Teens met and toured the Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush exhibition. They explored collisions between art and social justice.

Teen Takeover Tour and Art Show in Southern Accent

On December 10th, the Nasher Teen Council invited other teens and the Durham community to join the Nasher Teen Council as they lead interactive conversations around works of art in Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. They created art inspired by the exhibition and recorded thoughts, ideas, and opinions at new community response stations!


Deconstruct and Build with Jeff Bell

On November 10th, the Nasher Teens joined Jeff Bell, local artist and Museum Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Durham, for a workshop focused on deconstructing, building, and creating sculptures from preexisting objects. They found inspiration in Southern AccentSeeking the American South in Contemporary Art and spent the rest of the workshop making our own independent and collaborative sculptures. View a slideshow of photos from the workshop below.

Nasher Teens - Deconstruct and Build with Jeff Bell

Southern Shutter

On September 22, a group of Triangle area teens met at the Nasher Museum to participate in “Southern Shutter,” a free program led by photographer Jeremy Lange exploring photography in the exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. The website below highlights the workshop and the photographs the teens took.

Southern Shutter by Ryan Helsel on Exposure

Nasher Teen Meetup
Saturday Studio With Lamar Whidbee

On October 22nd, area teens were invited to participate in the first ever Nasher Teen Saturday Studio. they brought their own works-in-progress, or created something entirely new. They took a tour and were inspired by Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art and The Collections Galleries at the Nasher. And finally, they received guidance and input from area artist and current UNC MFA student Lamar Whidbee.

Nasher Teen Council

The Nasher Teen Council is a group of Durham high school students who meet monthly for gallery conversations, art-making, and to connect with contemporary artists, museum professionals, and the Durham community. 

Apply to become a Nasher Teen and make your voice heard in the museum and community. Plus, eat free food and earn volunteer hours!

Any Questions?

Call 919.684.9244 or email Meg Williams ( or Will Paul Thomas (

Follow us on Instagram @nasherteens for our latest happenings.

REFLECTIONS: Alzheimer’s Program

Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Program provides engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, their families, and their care partners. Reflections tours include guided discussions through the galleries, as well as live musical performances or 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 and to engage with the current exhibitions using multiple senses. Tours are inspired by the Meet Me at MoMA model.

It can be difficult for individuals with Alzheimer’s to find welcoming communities where they can engage and socialize without the fear of judgement or the stress of a strange situation. Programs like Reflections offer spaces where individuals with dementia can comfortably discuss new ideas and enjoy spending time with others.

The Reflections Program began in 2014, with Nasher Museum educators offering tours in partnership with the Duke Family Support Program. Tours were specifically designed for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Reflections tours expanded in the summer of 2015 to include individuals with mid- and late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Beginning in April of 2017, Reflections tours will be offered to the general public on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Individuals in early- and mid- stages of Alzheimer’s disease are invited to join these tours.

Read a recent article about Reflections in The Duke Chronicle.

Watch a recent program about Reflections on WNCN-TV in Raleigh.

Read a recent story about Reflections in Duke Today.

For more information about Reflections Program tours, please contact Brittany Halberstadt, Education Assistant for the Reflections Program, at


GROUP TOURS: Group Reflections tours are available on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. There is no fee for these tours. Reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at or call 919-684-8816 to book a tour

PUBLIC TOURS: Beginning April 25th, Reflections tours will be available to the general public on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Individuals with Alzheimer’s and their care partners who are not visiting in a group may reserve a spot on these public tours. Reservations must be made at least a week in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at or register online to book a public Reflections tour.

Please see our tour page for more information.

2017 Alzheimer’s & Dementia Museum Programs Symposium

June 7-9, 2017

Hosted in Durham, NC by the Nasher Museum of Art, this symposium is intended for museum professionals with current dementia programs. Participants will learn from experts, share practices, and plan for the future. Museum staff considering starting a memory loss program are also welcome to apply.

FREE! The symposium is free, or partially funded, depending on organizational need. Travel reimbursement is available thanks to the generous support of the Carlyle Adams Foundation.

Apply online at

Questions? Email Jessica Kay Ruhle at

Above, watch a short documentary film about two families who are regulars on the “Look and Lunch” tours for visitors with Alzheimer’s. Kati Henderson, a Gallery Guide and former Duke graduate student, created this video for a class at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.

For information about supporting the Reflections Program, please contact Stephanie Wheatley, Director of Development, at


Between November 2014 and December 2016, 1020 individuals with dementia and their care partners toured the Nasher Museum with the Reflections Program. Eighty-five tours were led by eleven Gallery Guides (five community members and six Duke undergraduate, graduate, or medical students). By 2016, the Nasher established close partnerships with Duke Family Support Services and Eno Pointe Assisted Living.

In April of 2017, the Reflections Program will hit a new milestone as tours are opened to the general public, not only visitors with organized groups.

Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Program 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.

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.