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.
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 email@example.com or 919-684-3411.
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
October 29, 2017
Visit the calendar page for additional information.
Free Family Days at the Nasher Museum are supported by The Forest at Duke.
Support for the Nasher Museum’s education programs is provided by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Trent A. Carmichael Fund for Community Education, the Yukio & Toshiko Nakayama Art Museum Endowment, the Fox Family Foundation, the David & Elisabeth Nimocks Foundation, Susan Rosenthal and Michael Hershfield, Lauren and Jared Cosulich, Mindy and Guy Solie, and Carolyn Aaronson.
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?”
- 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.
Nasher Teen Programs & Workshops
Are you a high school student interested in museums, being creative and collaborating with other teens? Be sure to check here for 2017 workshops. All programs and workshops are open to ALL high school students with a valid ID. Registration is required for selected workshops.
Check out this page regularly for new program offerings for high school students in the area!
Want to be a Nasher Teen?
Fill out our online application
Nasher Teen Meetups
Area teens are invited to attend our monthly Nasher Teen Meetups. Explore art on view at the museum and create your own in these workshops led by local artists and Nasher staff. Programs are free but space is limited and advanced registration is required. Registration link to be posted on this page soon.
Thursday, October 19, 5 – 7 PM
Join Nasher curatorial staff for an in depth tour of Disorderly Conduct: American Paintings and Sculpture, 1960-1990 and learn the ins and outs of the curatorial process. Then join us for a special behind-the-scenes tour of Nasher study storage and see works that are not on public display. Please register in advance.
Mapping Bull City
Thursday, November 16, 5 – 7 PM
Join Nasher Staff and a local artist looking at A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of Venice and make lino-print maps of the Bull City, both real and imagined. Please register in advance.
High School Portfolio Day, Noon – 4 PM
Postponed until Sunday, November 12, 2017. Deadline to register is Sunday, November 5, 2017.
The Nasher invites area high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts to attend our first-ever portfolio day. Representatives from area universities and museums as well as local visual artists will be on hand to review your artwork, provide feedback and advice, and answer questions in a supportive environment. This is a non-competative and fun way to get feedback on your artwork in preparation for applying to college. Your portfolio should include 5-10 pieces of your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in progress, sketchbooks and tear sheets. Come prepared to discuss your creative influences and process.
This program is free and open to high school students in Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Wake Counties. Students must register in advance to attend. A limited number of spaces are available and priority will be given to students in their junior and senior year of high school.
Nasher Teen Council
The Nasher Teen Council is a group of Durham high school students who meet weekly 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!
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. In April of 2017, Reflections tours were opened to the general public. These public tours are now held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and individuals in early and mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease are invited to participate.
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.
SCHEDULE A REFLECTIONS TOUR
GROUP TOURS: Group Reflections tours are available on the third Tuesday of the month. There is no fee for these tours. Reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-684-8816 to book a tour
PUBLIC TOURS: Reflections tours are now 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 email@example.com or register online to book a public Reflections tour.
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.
REFLECTIONS: BY THE NUMBERS
Between July 2014 and July 2017, 1336 individuals with dementia and their care partners toured the Nasher Museum with the Reflections Program. One hundred and seventeen tours were led by thirteen Gallery Guides (seven 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 hit a new milestone as tours were opened to the 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.