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Reflections tours are in person and virtual. Find out more about this hybrid approach to tours. Join our Reflections email list by emailing us at reflections@duke.edu.

About

Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Program provides engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, their families, and their care partners. Reflections tours include guided discussions through the galleries, as well as live musical performances or hands-on art experiences. These special tours offer people who live with memory loss and their families the opportunity to enjoy art in the moment and to engage with the current exhibitions using multiple senses. Tours are inspired by the Meet Me at MoMA model.

It can be difficult for individuals with Alzheimer’s to find welcoming communities where they can engage and socialize without the fear of judgement or the stress of a strange situation. Programs like Reflections offer spaces where individuals with dementia can comfortably discuss new ideas and enjoy spending time with others.

For more information about Reflections Program tours, please contact us at reflections@duke.edu.

[My mother] absolutely loved our outing to the Nasher last month, saying how it made her feel so stimulated. I would say it made her feel more of this world in a dignified, respected way. What a fabulous program. Thank you for offering it, and I will be sure to spread the word to others I know.

Visitor to the Reflections program

History

The Reflections Program began in 2014, with Nasher Museum educators offering tours in partnership with the Duke Family Support Program. Tours were specifically designed for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Reflections tours expanded in the summer of 2015 to include individuals with mid- and late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. In April of 2017, Reflections tours were opened to the general public. These public tours are now held on the third Thursday of each month, and individuals in early and mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease are invited to participate.

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file download from The Journal of the American Medical Association | Published November 30, 2022

Watch & Reflect

Above, watch a short documentary film about two families who are regulars on the “Look and Lunch” tours for visitors with Alzheimer’s. Kati Henderson, a Gallery Guide and former Duke graduate student, created this video for a class at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.

Art & Memory: A Photo Essay

The Nasher Museum's collection includes several works of art related to memory. Memory can be a powerful subject in contemporary art.

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How one NC museum is using art and music to unlock memories in people with dementia

The visitors sit in folding chairs in front of a huge, ornately framed portrait of a man holding a gold staff against a blue and floral background.

view article on The News &. Observer | Published January 23, 2020

Support

The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Program is made possible by Stefanie and Doug Kahn in honor of their fathers, Donald Schneider and Mike Kahn; the Carlyle Adams Foundation; and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

For information about supporting the Reflections Program, please contact Stephanie Wheatley, Director of Development, at stephanie.wheatley@duke.edu.

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The Nasher Museum is fully open to the public with free admission for all, including Thursday nights and weekends. We strongly encourage all individuals to be fully vaccinated before visiting the Nasher.