You’re in Durham, North Carolina. You’re looking for something to do. You might want some art or history or nature or science. Well, look no further! The museums near Duke Forest have it all. For example:

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is located in downtown Raleigh, just a short drive from campus. The museum features interactive exhibits like the I.M.A.X. Theater and Bug House and permanent collections that include rocks and minerals, and scientific instruments used by Native Americans and early settlers in the past. There’s also an outdoor area called Discovery Place Nature Trail, where you can see various animals up close!

North Carolina Museum of History

The North Carolina Museum of History is a great place to visit if you want to learn about the state’s history.

The museum is on two campuses: The downtown Raleigh location and a new facility in the Triangle Research Park, Durham. The museum offers exhibits on early Native American culture, colonial life, slavery, and Reconstruction. Some galleries feature rotating exhibits that change seasonally or every few months.

The best part about this museum is its extensive collection of artifacts from throughout North Carolina’s history – including some items that date back thousands of years! You can spend hours exploring each exhibit at your own pace; there’s no need to rush through because there’s so much interesting stuff here!

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is an art museum that is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The museum was first opened in 2003 after being founded by Raymond D. Nasher and his wife, Patsy. It holds over 10,000 works from artists such as Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol and pieces from international collections such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art (N.C.M.A.) is a little drive from Duke Forest, but you can reach the museum by car or bus in less than 30 minutes. The museum is located in Raleigh, NC 2760, with free parking available for visitors.

The museum’s hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday noon–5 p.m., and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission fees range from $10 to $19 depending on age or military status; free admission is offered during First Friday on select evenings each month between 5 p.m.–9 p.m., when public programs are also held at the museum’s auditoriums and galleries.

Visitors will enjoy seeing collections such as Chinese porcelain ceramics; paintings from the 16th through 19th centuries featuring European masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn; African artifacts including masks and sculptures; American art such as Thomas Eakins’ “The Swimming Hole”—a famous painting that depicts boys swimming naked together at an outdoor swimming hole—along with many more works representing diverse cultures around the world!

North Carolina Transportation Museum

The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located just outside of Durham, North Carolina. The museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying artifacts from the state’s transportation history, including cars, planes, and trains. It houses over 100 vehicles that volunteers have restored. There are also several weekly demonstrations, such as driving lessons for those who want to learn how to safely operate a manual transmission car or tractor-trailer on an open road course.


There are many great museums to see in or near Duke Forest. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a day off from work, we hope this list will help!