• African
  • American Pre-1945
  • Antiquities
  • Art of the Americas
  • Asian
  • European Pre-1945
  • Medieval
  • Modern & Contemporary
  • Recent Acquisitions
  • Russian
  • Works on Paper

The Nasher Museum of Art


The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University owns more than 10,000 works of art.

As part of its mission, the Nasher Museum created this online database to make its collections accessible to a wide audience. The online database began in June 2011, when 100 objects from the Nasher Museum's collection went "live" on this site. This is an ongoing project, so please check back periodically to browse new entries.

The Nasher Museum's permanent collection is strong in five core areas:

  • Medieval art
  • Art of the Americas (largely pre-Columbian)
  • Classical Antiquities
  • Russian art
  • Modern and international contemporary art, with a concentration in art from the African diaspora

Other collections include:

  • Traditional African art
  • European and American Art from before 1945
  • Asian art

The Nasher Museum was founded in 1966 as the Duke University Museum of Art with the acquisition of 200 medieval works from the Ernst Brummer Collection. In 2005, the museum opened a new 65,000-square-foot facility designed by Rafael Viñoly and was renamed the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, for the late Raymond D. Nasher, Duke alumnus, collector and benefactor.

The Nasher Museum has distinguished itself with one of the best collections of medieval art among North American university museums, and the second largest collection of Russian art in the United States. It is also one of the very few institutions to focus on significant purchases of works by contemporary artists of African descent, which capitalizes on curatorial and faculty expertise.

Funding for the Nasher Museum's eMuseum project has been made possible by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.