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

Groups tours are available on the third Tuesday of every 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 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. There is no fee for these tours. Reservations must be made at least a week in advance. Please contact Brittany Halberstadt at reflections@duke.edu or call 919-684-8816 to book a tour.

GROUP AND PUBLIC TOUR THEMES

MARCH TOURS: NEW AT THE NASHER

Group tours are on Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (90 minutes).

Discuss paintings and prints that are new to the museum’s permanent collection. Tours will include a hands-on art making experience.

IMAGE ABOVE: Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Hot Rhythm, 1961. Oil on canvas, 39 7/8 × 48 1/4 × 7/8 inches (101.3 × 122.6 × 2.2 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum. Gift of Mara Motley, M.D., and Valerie Gerrard Browne in honor of Professor Richard J. Powell and C.T. Woods-Powell and in memory of Archie Motley. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.


APRIL: SPRING TOURS

Group tours on Tuesday, April 18 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (90 minutes).

The public tour is on Tuesday, April 25 at 1:30 PM (60 minutes).

Spring has sprung! Visit the Nasher Museum for guided discussions of works of art that invoke the animals, landscapes, colors, and feelings of spring. Tours will include music in the galleries.

 

IMAGE ABOVE: Hong Lei, Speak, Memory of Butterflies, 2005. Chromogenic print, 37 1⁄8 x 47 1⁄8 inches (94.3 x 119.7 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum. Museum purchase. Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art. © Hong Lei.


MAY: MASKS AND MASKING

Group tours are  Tuesday, May 16 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (60 minutes).

The public tour is  Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:30 PM (60 minutes).

Join for guided museum discussions of masks. Compare masks from throughout Africa and view artistic depictions of masks from other locations and cultures. Tours will include a hands-on art making activity.

IMAGE: Poro Society Mask with Skull Cap, no date. Wood, pigments. 10 x 6 x 3 1/4 in. (25.4 x 15.2 x 8.3 cm). Gift of Andrew J. Laska and Dr. Vera Laska. Collection of the Nasher Museum.


JUNE: MEDITATION

The public tour is Tuesday, June 27th at 1:30 PM (60 minutes).

Attend a guided gallery conversation in Nasher’s newest exhibition, All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection. Discuss the ways in which these images encourage tranquility and meditation. Tours will include live music in the galleries.


IMAGE ABOVE: David Benjamin Sherry, All Matterings of Mind Equal One Violet (detail), 2011. Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, edition 1/3, 72 × 91 1⁄2 inches (182.9 × 232.4 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum. Gift of Katherine and Terrance Kerr. Image courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York, New York. © David Benjamin Sherry.