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Must Sees

Durham is a canvas covered with a unique cultural identity. There is a culture of art and creativity expressed through visuals, performances, and food. There is a palpable sense of history. And there are countless opportunities for nightlife, shopping, and exploring nature. There's so much that even locals are always finding new things to do. So to help you get to know the Bull City, the following list includes must-see features and sites - all those places that you should not miss.

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21c Museum

  • 111 N Corcoran St, Downtown Durham
  • I-85, Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 956-6700
  • Downtown Area

21c Museum is a contemporary art museum featuring permanent, commissioned installations. It presents dynamic group and solo exhibitions by both emerging and established artists, including Bill Viola, …

American Tobacco

  • 300 Blackwell St, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 433-1566
  • Downtown Area

The former home of the Lucky Strike cigarette factory has been transformed into a one-million-sq.-ft. entertainment district, complete with apartments and offices in addition to restaurants, a …

Bennett Place State Historic Site

  • 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 383-4345
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Bennett Place is the site of the largest troop surrender and the effective end of the Civil War. It was in April 1865 that Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston and his Union adversary, General …

Brightleaf District

  • Gregson St at Main St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 682-9229
  • Downtown Area

The Brightleaf Square District is anchored by two tobacco warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Located in the west end of Downtown Durham, the district also includes a …

Carolina Theatre

  • 309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham
  • I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-3030
  • Downtown Area

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, this Beaux Arts-style building includes Fletcher Hall, restored to its original 1926 décor, which houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, …

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center

  • 123 Vivian St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 680-2787
  • Downtown Area

With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has something for everyone, hosting over 180 performances a year, including spectacular touring Broadway productions, …

Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame

  • 306 Towerview Dr, Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center
  • Durham, NC 27708
  • (919) 613-7500
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Impressively, given the global academic renown that the university has captured, Duke University may be best known for their men’s basketball team. The Blue Devils have won four NCAA championships …

Duke Homestead State Historic Site

  • 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 477-5498
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

This national historic landmark marks the spot where Washington Duke started his worldwide tobacco empire. After learning of the demand Union soldiers had for brightleaf tobacco during his service in …

Duke Lemur Center

  • 3705 Erwin Rd at NC Hwy 751
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 401-7240
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Lemurs are native only to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation from other primates. But luckily for Durham locals and visitors, you don’t have to travel to the Indian Ocean to find a lemur: …

Duke University

  • West Central Durham
  • Durham, NC 27708-0079
  • (919) 684-8111
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, consistently included near the top of the U.S. News & World Reports' college rankings. Many of their programs are highly regarded, …


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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604