Public Art & Inspiration
Durham's murals, landmarks, sculptures, attractions & more
No matter where you are in Durham, you're steps away from museum-worthy public art. Here, people come together to create art that covers the city walls, and local artists are paid to use art as a platform for expression.
Cruise around downtown and study the brushstrokes illustrating the lives of local pioneers. Visit iconic landmarks and prestigious universities as you interact with stimulating art across Central Durham. The trails, parks, and green spaces in North Durham will lead you to murals and custom-built relics as you take in the great outdoors. Admire expressive canvases full of color, inspiration, and purpose in South Durham’s unique open-air art galleries. By highlighting murals, sculptures, and everything in between, we invite you to explore Durham’s distinguished public art collection and visitor-friendly districts.
A Poem by Khalisa Rae
"Art That Illuminates" by local poet Khalisa Rae will give you a taste of some of the inspirational public art Durham offers.
Art That Illuminates
When the light around you grows dim
Let the radiance of Durham illuminate your path
with art that inspires.
Public Art & Inspiration Guide
Start your journey at the Visitor Info Center in the center of downtown with CCB Plaza and a famous 2,500-pound bronze bull just outside. Travel by foot, bike, scooter, bus, or car on a self-guided tour around the city and county to experience art while learning about Durham, enjoying unique attractions, and sampling local fare.Learn More
Murals Celebrating Black Stories
Any blank space can become a canvas in Durham, and it's common to see murals on walls, crosswalks, and electrical boxes. Not only do murals add vibrant colors and energy to this city, but some of them highlight Black history, culture, and artists. Enjoy this guide dedicated to celebrating some of Durham's Black stories.Learn More
Mural Stairin' + Drink Pairin'
Whether you're searching for the perfect Instagram background or visiting and looking for something inexpensive and fun to do outdoors, here's a guide to a creative pairing that you can't turn down. Grab a drink from one of the local businesses listed, and then head to the nearby mural for an unforgettable mural starin' and drink pairin' experience.
Lakewood Creativity & Arts Tour
Did you know Durham has a tuba museum and a reuse arts center with a mission to promote creativity and community? Have you seen El Futuro, a mural that was inspired by Durham's Lakewood neighborhood? Discover more public art and hidden gems in and around the Lakewood District with this creativity and arts tour.Learn More