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Learn About the Collection

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 works of art in the Nasher’s collection, whether currently on view or in storage.

View the Nasher Museum collection.

Information about art in a range of media, styles, periods, and cultures can be found at our website promoting visual literacy How Do You Look?

Study Storage

Students in the Nasher's study storage.

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

A wide range of departments have visited Study Storage including

  • Art, Art History and Visual Studies
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Dance
  • Duke Divinity School
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Foreign Languages
  • History
  • Kenan Institute for Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Thompson Writing Program
  • Theater Studies
  • Women’s Studies

Class Requests

The Nasher Museum is open by appointment to Duke faculty, classes and students during Fall 2020.

We invite Duke faculty to reserve a time for their students to engage with the Nasher collection and exhibitions through in person self-guided tours and/or facilitated Zoom sessions with Nasher staff. This program begins September 7. To make a reservation and/or to discuss how the Nasher can support your teaching, whether in person, hybrid or online only, please email Ellen C. Raimond, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, at

Temporary Viewing of Specific Works

Duke faculty may request that the museum make specific works of art temporarily available to students to support course themes or objectives. Works of art would be on view within the Great Hall or Lecture Hall for facilitated, safe viewing. For example, students might approach works of art one by one, for close viewing. To arrange for a special viewing please email Ellen C. Raimond, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, at These opportunities are limited.

Keep in Mind

The museum is closed on evenings and weekends. Our classrooms and Study Storage rooms will not be available to classes, faculty or students this fall semester.

Make the Most of your Visit

  • Enter the museum through the Anderson Street entrance
  • Bring your Duke ID for scanning
  • Follow all United Duke guidelines and be mindful of the Duke Compact everyone signed
  • Make note of floor decals that serve as safe distance reminders
  • Nasher staff might remind visitors to safely distance from others
  • All visitors must end their visit 25 minutes before open hours are over
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The health and safety of our community is our top priority. In accordance with Duke University, the museum is closed to visitors until further notice. The café and store are closed. Find updates and the latest information on Duke’s Coronavirus Response website.