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Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University

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Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, North Carolina NC

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Nasher Museum of Art is in a dramatic building with a glass ceiling that lets in light, at Duke University. You walk through forest to get to it, which is lovely. Once inside, there is a large modern lobby, two temporary exhibit halls, one permanent hall, and a museum store. Make sure you check out the temporary exhibits because they are excellent, and often speak on African American culture. We saw an amazing exhibit by John Akomfrah: three movies going at once, showing the same scene but some more zoomed in than others, about the life of Bolden, the first jazz musician. Very southern-looking and amazing, with old photos in a river and the water streaming over them, and great music playing in the background.
The permanent hall covers a bit from many different time periods and countries in art, with some African masks, Mayan bowls, golden Italian madonna paintings, Greek urns, 13th century stained glass windows, and more. It's a very pleasant experience to visit this air-conditioned, appealing space.
There is a cafe that is open for lunch on weekdays, dinner on Thursdays, and brunch on Sundays. 
After, visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, just around the corner, or walk around the Duke campus. You could also go to a hip coffee shop in Durham town. Cocoa Cinnamon (the one of Hillsborough Rd is the closest) is four minutes away!

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Entrance to the museum- lots of light!
Entrance to the museum- lots of light!
Figures from the Ivory Coast.
Figures from the Ivory Coast.
Gallery.
Gallery.
Italian Madonna, from around 1400.
Italian Madonna, from around 1400.
Stained glass.
Stained glass.
Roman-era stone fragments re-carved into a portal for a 12th century church in Southern Italy.
Roman-era stone fragments re-carved into a portal for a 12th century church in Southern Italy.
Greek krater, from 450 BCE, depicting agriculture gods.
Greek krater, from 450 BCE, depicting agriculture gods.
Sculpture outside the museum.
Sculpture outside the museum.
Forested area that leads to the parking.
Forested area that leads to the parking.

Directions

Nasher Museum of Art is located at 2001 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705. 
Open Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5, closed Monday. Open late on Thursdays, till 9pm. Closed on Jan 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, Dec 24, Dec 25. 
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students with ID. Free for children aged 17 and under, and for military and Duke-affiliated people. 
There is a large shady parking lot, and you pay $2 an hour at a meter. Even though the ticket says not to leave it on your dashboard, you must, otherwise you might get fined! This is what happened to us, surprisingly!
You walk up some stairs through the forest to get to the museum from the parking lot.

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