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Durham is a creative, colorful, diverse community filled with acclaimed visual arts. It is home to both the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, with exhibits that travel the world, as well as a thriving collective of innovative galleries and studio spaces that host events and openings on a regular basis, including those at Golden Belt, a renovated factory-cum-artist collective. It is also home to the North Carolina Central University Art Museum, which explores African-American art. And along its streets and outdoor spaces, Durham hosts a number of public art projects that ensure the area shows off its creative appeal.

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Golden Belt

  • 807 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Golden Belt Arts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 967-7700
  • Downtown Area

Once a textile mill that made pouches for Bull Durham tobacco, the Golden Belt has been transformed into a LEED-certified complex of apartments, galleries, studios, event spaces, and more. The …

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Historic Durham Athletic Park

  • 500 W Corporation St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 687-6503
  • Downtown Area

Originally named El Toro Park when it was first built in 1926, the Historic Durham Athletic Park served as the home of the Durham Bulls for almost 70 years, and was a film location for the movie Bull …

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Historic Stagville

  • 5828 Old Oxford Hwy
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 620-0120
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Once one of the largest plantations in the South, with 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres of land, Stagville is a preserved piece of history. Featuring an 18th-century house, a 19th-century house, …

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Geer Cemetery

  • Camden at Colonial and McGill Sts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • East Durham

First cemetery for African-Americans in Durham, including the founders of White Rock Baptist Church and St. Joseph’s AME Church and organizer of the Hayti neighborhood. Includes some funereal art.

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The George Watts Hill Pavilion for the Arts

  • 538 Foster St, Downtown
  • Durham, NC 27701-1271
  • (919) 682-2673
  • Downtown Area

One of only a few large-scale, public facilities in the Southeast offering mold-making and metal casting. The tree-of-life art design on the Pavilion is a prominent feature of Durham Central Park.

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Glendale Heights Park

  • 707 W Murray Ave
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Includes greenway access and picnic facilities.

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Golden Belt Artist Studios

  • 807 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Golden Belt Arts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 967-7700
  • Downtown Area

Showcases exhibitions of emerging local and national contemporary artists, as well as studios of painters, jewelry-makers, photographers, mixed-media artists, and more in a creatively restored …

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Grant Park

  • 918 Grant St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes play grounds.

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Great Indian Trading Path

  • Snow Hill, St Mary's, and Mason Rds
  • Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • (919) 644-0600

Runs through Durham along present-day Snow Hill, St. Mary's, and Mason Rds. Famous Piedmont fur and deerskin trading route through what is now Durham. After 1670, used by European explorers, hunters, …

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Hamilton Hill Jewelry

  • 905 W Main St, Brightleaf District, Downtown Durham
  • Brightleaf Square
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 683-1474
  • Downtown Area

Hamilton Hill offers one of the country's finest selections of international designer jewelry in platinum, gold, stainless steel, and silver by renowned designers from the U.S., Europe, Brazil, and …

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