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 and 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.

Audio Guides

Audio guides are available online and in person. Download a free 30-minute audio guide to your MP3 player. The museum also offers audio guides at the information desk for a rental fee of $3, but are free for museum members.

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, at marianne.wardle@duke.edu or 919-684-5203, or Molly Boarati, Academic Programs Coordinator, at molly.boarati@duke.edu or 919-684-9243.

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

Tours for K-12 School Groups

Guided tours are available Wednesday-Friday throughout the school year and on Tuesdays by special request. Schools may bring 45 students to the museum at a time. Guided tours last 90 minutes for 2-12 grades, 60 minutes for Kindergarten and first grades, and include a 20-minute art activity relating to artwork from the tour. Students will discuss five to seven artworks in multiple exhibitions. Students will engage in discussion and critical thinking.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
Recommended for grades K-5
Available February 4 – May 9, 2014
Explore the relationship between pictures and storytelling. This tour reinforces the English Language Arts Common Core standards of “Key Ideas and Details” and “Integration of Knowledge and Ideas”.

THE ART OF IDENTITY
Recommended for grades 6-12
Available February 4 – May 9, 2014
Consider issues of identity in portraiture and scenes of everyday life as students explore how they present themselves and how they draw conclusions about others. Using current exhibitions Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist and Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection, students will identify and interpret visual details from a wide variety of images including painting and photography.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE: CONNECTING SCIENCE AND ART AT THE DUKE GARDENS AND NASHER MUSEUM
For 2nd grade
Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, February 25 – May 30, 2014
10 AM – 1:30 PM (lunch not provided)
Students will sharpen observational skills, practice collecting data, discover connections between science and art, and engage in hands-on discovery as they visit both the Duke Gardens and Nasher Museum in a single day. Groups will spend 80 minutes at each venue, with a 50 minute lunch break between their guided tours. This tour is FREE for all 2nd grade DPS groups. Double Exposure buses will be paid for by DPS.

Requesting a K-12 Guided Tour

Before requesting a K-12 Guided Tour, please check this calendar for tour availability. Tour times listed on the calendar are currently available for the number of students listed in parenthesis.

This calendar will be updated as often as possible, but it does not reflect a “real-time” schedule of K-12 tour reservations.

Request a guided or self-guided K-12 visit

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

Self-guided groups or teacher-led school tours are permitted in all of our galleries. We highly recommend that educators preview exhibitions prior to the student visit to assure the content in each gallery is age appropriate.

Self-guided visits must be scheduled in advance.  

PREPARING FOR YOUR K-12 TOUR

What to Expect during a Guided Tour at the Nasher Museum of Art

  • Inquiry-based tour approach where students and Gallery Guide discuss artworks.
  • Opportunity to practice critical thinking skills.
  • Focused discussions on a selected group of about 6-10 works of art.
  • All guided tours meet multiple North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Standards.
  • Tours engage multiple learning styles.

Special Needs

Help us create an inclusive program. Please inform us in advance of any students with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities in your group. We will do our best to adapt the program to best meet everyone’s needs.

Class Size

Classes will tour the museum in groups of 10 -15 students. Usually we can accommodate a maximum of 45 students per tour time.

Chaperones for Guided Tours

–Grades K-5: 1 chaperone for every 5 students.
–Grades 6-8: 2 chaperones for every 15 students.
–Grades 9-12: 1 chaperone for every 15 students.

Chaperones for self-guided groups: We require 1 chaperone for every 5 students.

Lunch

K-12 school groups may eat lunch or snacks in the Community Classroom only if this space is reserved in advance. The Community Classroom seats a maximum of 32 people. Weather permitting, school groups may picnic on museum grounds in designated areas only. Outside food and drink are not permitted anywhere else in the museum or on museum grounds.

BUS SCHOLARSHIPS

Bus scholarships are available for a limited number of K-12 guided field trips to the museum. Please contact nashered@duke.edu, or call 919-684-1169, to find out if your school qualifies.

QUESTIONS ABOUT K-12 TOURS

Contact the Education Associate
nashered@duke.edu / 919-684-1169 

NASHER COMES TO YOUR CLASSROOM – FREE!

Open to all schools within a 25 mile radius of the Nasher Museum. We visit your classroom to lead an engaging discussion with digital images from current and past exhibitions.  Nasher staff can provide a digital projector and laptop. This free program is 30-45 minutes and encourages critical thinking, careful looking and thought-provoking discussion.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
Recommended for grades K-5
Available January 13 – May 30, 2014
Explore the relationship between pictures and storytelling. This visit reinforces the English Language Arts Common Core standards of “Key Ideas and Details” and “Integration of Knowledge and Ideas”.

THE ART OF IDENTITY
Recommended for grades 6-12
Available January 13 – May 30, 2014

Consider issues of identity in portraiture as students explore how they present themselves and how they draw conclusions about others.  Using our current exhibitions, students will identify and interpret visual details from a wide variety of images.   

Before requesting a K-12 Guided Tour, please check this calendar for tour availability. Tour times listed on the calendar are currently available for the number of students listed in parenthesis.

This calendar will be updated as often as possible, but it does not reflect a “real-time” schedule of K-12 tour reservations.

Request a guided or self-guided K-12 visit