Plan Your Visit


The Nasher Museum is between Duke University’s East and West campuses, within walking distance from the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Parking is most plentiful during weekday hours. Plan about two hours to peruse the exhibitions and visit the shop and café.

If you only have an hour …

There is always something new to see at the Nasher Museum, with five to seven exhibitions each year. Save 10 minutes for the Nasher Museum Store, which features books, posters and gifts related to art and exhibitions. The museum is free on Thursdays, 5-9 PM, except for special exhibitions.

If you can spend half a day …

Structure your visit around the Nasher Museum Café—for coffee, or lunch on weekdays, brunch on weekends and dinner on Thursday nights. The café menu changes seasonally and features fresh, local ingredients. The museum is free on Thursdays, 5-9 PM, a time to discover gallery talks, sketching in the galleries, films and other free programs. Explore the museum’s three large gallery spaces featuring a wide selection of art, with traveling exhibitions and frequently updated installations from the permanent collection. Walk behind the shop to find the Education Gallery, with installations relevant to Duke classes and curated by faculty with the museum’s academic program coordinator.

If you can plan your visit at least two weeks in advance …

Visit our website calendar for exhibition opening events and a lively schedule of programs, including free Family Days, performing arts events, lectures, films and social gatherings.


The Nasher Museum is pleased to partner with 21c Museum Hotel Durham on the occasion of the opening of the hotel in downtown Durham and also in celebration of Nasher10, the museum’s first decade. The Double-Feature is an overnight package that includes two tickets to the Nasher Museum, a $100 credit to the hotel’s Counting House restaurant and two T-shirts from the 21c Museum shop. More information.