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Visual Arts

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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Museum of Durham History / History Hub

  • 500 W Main St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 246-9993
  • Downtown Area

The Museum of Durham History is a 21st-century museum that uses stories about people, places, and things to foster curiosity, encourage further inquiry, and promote an understanding of diverse …

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Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 220-5429
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life + Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity in guests. Popular exhibits include one of the largest butterfly houses …

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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

  • 2001 Campus Dr, Duke University Central Campus
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 684-5135
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke University’s focal point for visual arts is the 65,000-sqare-foot, Rafael Viñoly-designed Nasher Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes Medieval art, pre-Columbian American works, …

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North Carolina Central University

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707-9363
  • (919) 530-6100
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Located in the historic Hayti neighborhood on the eastern side of Durham, NCCU is home to an art museum, biomanufacturing and biomedical research institutes, an award-winning marching band, and …

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North Carolina Central University Art Museum

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-6211
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

NCCU was the first publically funded African-American liberal arts college in the country, and the school continues that legacy today with one of the state’s leading collections of art that engages …

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Patterson's Mill Country Store, Inc.

  • 5109 Farrington Rd, between NC Hwy 54 & Old Chapel Hill Rd
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27517
  • (919) 493-8149
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Patterson’s Mill Country Store has been open since 1973, but don’t be surprised if it feels much older: the memorabilia and artifacts displayed in the aisles and on the walls harken back to the …

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The Research Triangle Park

  • NC Hwy 147 Exits 5-8, I-40 Exits 279 and 280
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  • (919) 549-8181
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

RTP is the world's largest university-related research park with more than 170 companies employing over 49,000 people. Carved from Durham pinelands in 1959, it is a prominent high-technology research …

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M&F Bank

  • 2634 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 687-7800
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Founded by nine prominent African-American businessmen in 1907. Has operated continuously and profitably since opening for business one year later. 

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Malbourne A. Angier Bust

  • 200 E Main St, Old Durham County Courthouse
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • Downtown Area

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Manbites Dog Theater Company

  • 703 Foster St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 682-3343
  • Downtown Area

Professional, nonprofit theater company producing new and challenging theatrical events and supporting rising playwrights, directors, actors, and artists. The venue consists of a 6,500-sq.-ft. …

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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