Official visitor information site for Durham, NC

Brightleaf Square

Brightleaf Square

North Carolina's first commercial district on the National Register of Historic Places. Turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses resurrected as a shopping center with specialty stores and restaurants. Also community's arts and entertainment district.

Pick up a map for the 60-90 minute walking tour at the Durham Visitor Information Center, 101 E. Morgan St.

At A Glance:

905 West Main St.
P.O. Box 21
Durham, NC 27701

(919) 682-9229

Hours may vary; most stores are open M-Sa 11:30am-7pm; Th-F extended hours
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Free Admission

Tour Information
Length: 1-2 hours, Type: Self-guided
Scheduling policy: Suggest 1 week in advance
Motorcoach Parking:
On-site, call to arrange

Approximately 30 specialty shops
Approximately 12 restaurants in Brightleaf area


I-85 North (arriving from Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro, etc.):

    • Take exit #176-A (Gregson St.)
    • Follow Gregson St. for approximately 1-2 miles.
    • Brightleaf District spans 2-3 blocks of shopping/dining locations near the intersection of Gregson St. and Main St.

I-85 South (arriving from NY, DC, VA, etc.):

    • Same as directions for I-85 North.

I-40 East (arriving from Memphis, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, etc):

    • I-40 East and I-85 North merge in Greensboro, NC.
    • When highways divide near Hillsborough, NC, take I-85 North.
    • Follow directions for I-85 North as listed above.

I-40 West (arriving from Wilmington, Fayetteville, Raleigh, etc.):

    • Take exit #279-B (Durham Freeway, Hwy. 147 North).
    • Follow Durham Frwy for approximately 6-7 miles
    • Take exit #13 (Duke St.)
    • Follow Duke St. for approximately 1 mile to 2nd traffic light
    • Turn left onto Main St.
    • Brightleaf District spans next 2-3 blocks of shopping/dining locations
March 6 - August 3, 2014

"Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection" Art Exhibit

Since the turn of the 20th century, artists have appropriated imagery from well-known works of art, commodities and the media in order to make a statement about art’s relationship to, and place within, our world. The artists included in this installation use appropriation in their own way and for their own purposes, addressing themes of identity, politics, economics, history and nostalgia. Central to all of these works are questions of originality and the processes that go into making art. This installation includes works from the Nasher Museum’s collection by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alice Wagner, Vik Muniz, Alexander Kosolapov and others. Admission $5, $4 seniors, $3 non-Duke students with student ID.

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