Collection Research

Collection Research

Only a small portion of the museum’s permanent collection is on view at any time, so a variety of tools are available to help you explore the Nasher Museum’s works of art, whether currently on view or in storage.

View the online database of our collection.

Guides for thinking about artworks and objects in a range of media, styles, periods and cultures can be found at How Do You Look?our website promoting visual literacy.

Through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Nasher Museum has a limited amount of funding to support to Duke University faculty and student research on the museum’s collection. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis and grants will be awarded until the funds are exhausted. To apply, submit a completed application cover page along with a project budget and any other relevant attachments to Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, at


The Nasher Museum’s Study Storage offers faculty and students up-close experience with works of art not currently on view in the exhibition pavilions. Facilities include works on paper with more than 3,000 prints and drawings; painting storage with works from the Renaissance to the present; and object storage with Greek and Roman pottery and glass, Ancient American ceramics and African and European Medieval and Renaissance sculpture and artifacts.
To arrange a visit to Study Storage email at least two weeks in advance of the date you would like to visit. Most visits to storage take place between 10 AM and 5 PM.

Please note that all visitors are requested to leave bags and backpacks in the lockers by the Lecture Hall when they arrive. Only pencils are allowed for use in the exhibition pavilions and Study Storage and no food or drinks are permitted in these areas.

Study Storage is a gift of Christine and Pierre Lamond and Alice Martin Whelihan.