Visiting & Collection Research
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.
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?
Reading Black Art: A Bibliography is an online resource that will aid in a better understanding of and engagement with work by Black artists in the Nasher Museum collection. It is a non-exhaustive bibliography on art, art history and visual culture of the African Diaspora. This curated selection presents a wide array of instructive texts and will be updated monthly.
Museum Visits by Appointment for the Duke Community
We invite Duke faculty and program coordinators 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.
To make a reservation please fill out the museum visit request form below. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how the Nasher can support your visit, whether in person, hybrid or online only, please email Ellen C. Raimond, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To keep the Duke community safe, all visitors entering the Nasher building agree to abide by The Duke Compact standards.
Museum Visit Request Form
To make a reservation please fill out this form. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how the Nasher can support your visit, whether in person, hybrid or online only, please email Ellen C. Raimond, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
- Duke Divinity School
- Environmental Sciences
- Foreign Languages
- Kenan Institute for Ethics
- Thompson Writing Program
- Theater Studies
- Women’s Studies
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