Museums & Galleries

Creative. Colorful.

Downtown Durham’s vibrant and ever-changing art scene is on display each month on Third Friday. Then, an immersive, city-wide gallery crawl puts you in the center of innovative art, while offering opportunities to interact with designers at local studios and galleries. Every night, expression is on full display, but on this particular night, our cityscape comes alive with shops and galleries, and our restaurants stay open late as impromptu music is played well into the night. And that’s just Friday.

If you can’t make it on a Third Friday, don’t fret – you can be inspired with a visit to The Carrack, Nasher Museum of Art, NCCU Art Museum, and other Durham galleries almost every day of the week. Explore the 21c Museum Hotel’s nationally-acclaimed 24/7 modern art museum and walk the hallowed halls of the Duke University Basketball Hall of Fame. From permanent camera and photography displays to a historic tuba collection, we dabble in the niche and the extraordinary.

Hear the voices of Durham creatives in artist-owned and operated galleries. Uncover the story of Durham at the Museum of Durham History – from the voices of those who lived it. Feed your inner child at the Museum of Life + Science. Durham itself is, after all, a living, breathing relic and testament to what has and will be created here. Satisfy your curiosity.

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