Tours

Public Tours

Individuals, or groups of 10 or fewer people, can take guided public tours of the Nasher Museum’s exhibitions. Public tours are offered Thursdays at 6 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tours are free of charge, except for ticketed exhibitions. Ticketed exhibition tours have a small additional fee to the ticket price. Tours last approximately one hour. No reservations necessary.

Group Tours

Groups of 11 or more can arrange private guided tours at any time during open museum hours. Please contact Liz Peters at elizabeth.a.peters@duke.edu or at 919-684-1169 for prices and arrangements.

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.

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Audio Guides

Audio guides are available online and in person for most exhibitions.

College and University Tours

The museum’s academic program staff work closely with faculty, students and other university groups to design tours that complement classes and research interests. Tours can explore exhibitions or visit Study Storage to experience works of art up close.

To discuss College/University tours, contact Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, Head of Education & Interpretation, at marianne.wardle@duke.edu or 919-684-5203, or Erin Hanas, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at erin.hanas@duke.edu or 919-684-8067.

Find ideas for possible tours on our Faculty Resources page, learn more about current and upcoming exhibitions and explore our permanent collection online.

Reflections: Alzheimer’s Tours

Tours are one part of the Reflections Program at the Nasher Museum. Reflections tours are for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementia, and their care partners. Each tour includes a guided exploration and discussion of artwork in the current exhibitions. Tours may also include an art making activity or live music in the galleries. Learn more about the Reflections Program.

GROUP TOURS

Reflections tours are now available to the general public on the fourth Tuesday of every month. There is no fee for these tours. Reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at reflections@duke.edu 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 reflections@duke.edu or register online to book a public Reflections tour.

GROUP AND PUBLIC TOUR THEMES

SEPTEMBER TOURS: CARLO DOLCI

Group tours are on Tuesday, September 19 and reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at reflections@duke.edu or call 919-684-8816 to book a tour.

The public tour is on Tuesday, September 26 at 1:30 PM (60 minutes).

Attend a guided gallery conversation in the Nasher Museum’s newest exhibition, The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th Century Florence. Explore the work of this 17th century painter and see works of art in the museum’s permanent collection from the same time period.

IMAGE ABOVE: Carlo Dolci, Poetry (Poesia) (detail), late 1640s. Oil on panel, 21 1/3 x 16 3/6 inches (54 cm x 42 cm). Florence, Galleria Corsini.


OCTOBER TOURS: DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Al Held, Untitled (detail), c. 1957. Oil on canvas, 45 × 44 inches (114.3 × 111.8 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Fagin, 2016.6.1. © Al Held Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York.

Group tours are on Tuesday, October 17 and reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at reflections@duke.edu or call 919-684-8816 to book a tour.

The public tour is on Tuesday, October 24 at 10:30 PM and 1:30 PM (60 minutes).

Discuss American Painting and Sculpture from 1960-1990 in the Nasher Museum’s exhibition, Disorderly Conduct. After viewing the paintings and sculptures on display, enjoy a musical performance that complements the exhibition.

IMAGE ABOVE: Al Held, Untitled (detail), c. 1957. Oil on canvas, 45 × 44 inches (114.3 × 111.8 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Fagin, 2016.6.1. © Al Held Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York.


NOVEMBER TOURS: CARLO DOLCI, FABRIC AND MATERIALS

Group tours are on Tuesday, November 14* (*please note that this tour date has been changed since the original postcard promoting this tour was printed) and reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at reflections@duke.edu or call 919-684-8816 to book a tour.

The public tour is on Tuesday, November 21* at 10:30 PM and 1:30 PM (60 minutes). (*This tour date has been changed since original postcard promoting this tour was printed. November 21 is the third Tuesday of the month.)

In November, take a closer look at The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th Century Florence, and pay careful attention to the ways in which Carlo Dolci depicts fabrics and other materials. With his meticulous attention to detail, Dolci artfully renders the texture of his sitters’ clothing and environments. After viewing Dolci’s portraits, participate in a portrait taking activity with the Nasher’s photographer!

IMAGE ABOVE: Carlo Dolci, Angel of the Annunciation (detail), early 1650s. Oil on canvas, 20 ½ x 15inches (52 cm x 40 cm). Musée du Louvre, Paris. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo by René-Gabriel Ojéda.


There will be no Reflections tours will be offered in December. Tours will continue in January 2018.