Duke and Durham
Duke University is one of the highest regarded universities in the United States. It’s located in Durham, North Carolina — often listed as one of the best places to live in the country. See how Duke and Durham will enrich your education at MIDS.
Since 1924, Duke University has educated leaders and pioneers. We are often ranked among the top universities in the country, showing the quality of education we provide. But the Duke experience is about more than that. Our values — respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence — guide Duke faculty, staff, and students. Learn more about Duke.
Exploring Duke Campus
Duke’s home campus is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, NC.
The energy and excitement of the bustling student body. People connecting in every corner to exchange thoughts and ideas. Organizations gathering to plan for the future and change the world. The sights, sounds, and aromas of authentic meals being prepared right in front of you by local vendors. The Brodhead Center—right in the heart of Campus Center where the Duke community comes to life.
Duke University Chapel
Duke Chapel continues to be a Christian church of uniquely interdenominational character and purpose. Through its tradition of inspiring worship and music and a calling to walk with people of all faiths and circumstances, Duke Chapel stands as a beacon of hope on campus and in the community that bridges faith and learning.
Duke Lemur Center
The Duke Lemur Center through its living laboratory advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through non-invasive interdisciplinary research on lemurs. By engaging scientists, students, and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
More than 300,000 visitors from all over the world visit Sarah P. Duke Gardens annually, enjoying its 55 acres of specialized gardens in the heart of Duke University. Admission is free, and we are open from 8 a.m. to dusk 365 days a year.
Nasher Museum of Art
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University promotes engagement with the visual arts for the Duke and Durham communities. The museum is dedicated to presenting innovative and accessible collections, exhibitions, publications and programs that stimulate intellectual discourse, enrich individual lives and generate new knowledge. Drawing on the resources of a leading research university, the museum serves as a laboratory for interdisciplinary approaches.
Rubenstein Arts Center
The Rubenstein Arts Center is a hub for artistic production at Duke University and a new arts venue for the Triangle. Students, faculty, visiting artists, and other collaborators come together in flexible project studios to hone their skills and create new work. Public programs—including performances, film screenings and exhibitions—launch this work into the world. The Ruby is also home to the programs in Dance and the Arts of the Moving Image and WXDU 88.7 FM, Duke’s student-run radio station. The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a new home for making art at Duke University.
Durham, North Carolina
We’re proud to call Durham our home. From the restaurants to the arts and beyond, Durham is an energetic city that continues to grow and improve. Located near the middle of the state, we’re three hours from the coast and three hours from the mountains. We have a little bit of everything!
Must Sees in Durham
Durham is a canvas covered with a unique cultural identity. There is a culture of art and creativity expressed through visuals, performances, and food. There is a palpable sense of history. And there are countless opportunities for nightlife, shopping, and exploring nature. There’s so much that even locals are always finding new things to do.
When it comes to nightlife, Durham can help you set the perfect evening mood. With four breweries crafting locally inspired beers, bars and lounges serving nationally praised craft cocktails, and music venues hosting nationally touring bands and locally grown acts, the choices will keep you entertained all night.
As Durham continues to grow, so does the demand for an insider’s view of the Bull City. The tours available are nearly as diverse as Durham itself.
Free Things to do in Durham
Some of the best things in life are free, and that’s no less true in Durham. There are some of the leading public gardens in the country, historic sites where you can tour structures from bygone eras, and galleries where you can see the newest trends in art – all without spending a cent.
Durham Bucket List:
- Go to a Durham Bulls game
- Learn more about Durham at the History Hub
- Take a tour: Nature, Heritage, Food or Brewery
- Picnic in Duke Gardens
- Take in a show at DPAC
- Visit the Duke Chapel
- Shop and dine in Durham’s historic tobacco warehouses
- Run or walk on one of the many trails in Duke Forest
- Play golf at the Duke University Golf Club
- See internationally renowned performers at the American Dance Festival
- Catch a critically acclaimed documentary at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
- Try something fresh from the Durham Farmers Market