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Duke University Chapel

  • 401 Chapel Dr, Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27708-9974
  • Primary: (919) 684-2572
  • Fax: (919) 684-8660
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Duke Chapel is the most visible piece of Duke University's architectural beauty. Its tower soars 210 feet above West Campus, making this neo-Gothic building an awe-inspiring sight. The structure houses the Flentrop Organ (5,200 pipes), 50-bell carillon, and is adorned with stained-glass windows.

Completed in 1932, the Chapel now houses a robust and welcoming church community with interdenominational services open to the public that are notable not only for the beauty of the building, but for the music integrated into each service and played on one of the three organs and sounded out by the carillon. Concerts, theological discussions, and more events are also regularly held in the Chapel, making it a centerpiece of the religious community at Duke, and in Durham as a whole.

  • Business Hours: Su-Sa, 8am-8pm; Sunday worship services at 11am.
  • Miles To Convention Center: 2.10
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 16.2
  • Miles to VIC: 3.30
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Group Tour Info
  • Avg. Tour Length: 30 minutes
  • Group Rates: Free Admission
  • Scheduling Policy: Guided tours are available to school groups, senior citizens’ groups, church groups, and families. T
  • Tour Type: Self-Guided & Guided
Property Details & Services
  • Year Built: 1935
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Duke University Chapel Meeting Facility
  • Total Sqft.: 18,000
  • Theatre Capacity: 1,500
  • Outdoor Capacity: 0
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Messiah Sing-Along

Duke Chapel has a long tradition of being a home for all who wish to raise their voices. This year marks the return of the Messiah Sing-Along, featuring choral and solo highlights from Handel's …

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Duke Chorale Christmas Concert

The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, presents its annual Christmas Concert featuring seasonal selections by the Duke Chorale as well as traditional carols for the entire audience to sing a…

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Handel's “Messiah” Concert

For eighty-five years, Messiah has been the cornerstone of the Chapel's concert life and one of the centerpieces of Duke's holiday season. Performed annually during the season of Advent, Handel's …

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Christmas Music for Choir and Brass - Choral Society of Durham Concert

The 2017-2018 season begins with Advent music accompanied by harp or keyboard and Christmas music with brass instruments. The Advent portion focuses on the beautiful, prayerful words of the O …

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Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham Christmas Concert: O, Holy Night

VAE’s mostly a cappella repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present. This concert will feature a variety of pieces celebrating the holiday season.

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Duke Chapel Christmas Open House

All are welcome to attend the annual candlelight open house at Duke Chapel, which features Christmas music. There is no cost to attend and no tickets or reservations are required. Drop in during y…

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Choral Society of Durham Concert

Dvořák's Stabat Mater.

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Mendelssohn's Elijah

Performance by Duke Chapel Choir & Duke Chorale.

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Why Christian 2018

An event curated by Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans. Why, in the wake of centuries of corruption, hypocrisy, crusades, televangelists, and puppet ministries do we continue to follow Jesus? …

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The Tallis Scholars

Over the last four decades, London’s Tallis Scholars have become unquestioned authorities of renaissance polyphony — “ethereal and yet full-blooded, uplifting and yet …

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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