Duke's new arts center is "a beautiful, beautiful building" that gives her students the facilities and central gathering place they've long needed, says ADF dean Leah Cox.
Hours & Directions
Weekly drop-in hours (beyond special events):
Saturday and Sunday 10am–8pm
Closed on Duke University holidays.
Visit the Rubenstein Arts Center for an event, or drop-in anytime during our visiting hours to see an exhibit or installation. During the day, the Ruby Lounge is often open for use as a study and gathering spot. When you visit, there might be a creative buzz in the building—Duke arts courses are taught in the Ruby, and student groups use its studios for rehearsals and more.
Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC, 27705
The Ruby is located at the intersection of Anderson Street and Campus Drive, across from the Nasher Museum of Art on Duke’s West Campus.
The easiest way to reach the Rubenstein Arts Center from elsewhere on campus is to take a free Duke Transit shuttle bus along Campus Drive. The main East-West bus (C1) runs seven days a week during the academic year, with service throughout the day and well into the night. Other routes offer service from Smith Warehouse or Central Campus, but run only on weekdays.
- C1: East-West (full schedule)
Runs 7 days/week, early morning until past midnight
- CSW: Smith Warehouse (full schedule)
Runs weekdays only, morning to early evening
- C2: East-Central-West (weekdays only)
- C3: East-Science (weekdays only)
- C4: Central-West (weekday mornings only)
Read more about Duke’s bus service (including holiday and summer schedules).
The Ruby does not have a dedicated parking lot, so please plan ahead, especially if you are visiting during business hours. See Parking for details.
From Raleigh/East via Interstate 40 West
Take exit 279B to N.C. State Route 147 North, Durham Freeway. Continue on Durham Freeway and take Exit 14, Swift Avenue. Turn LEFT onto Swift Avenue. Continue for about one quarter mile to Campus Drive. Turn RIGHT onto Campus Drive. The arts center is located on your right between Oregon and Anderson Streets.
From Chapel Hill/South via Chapel Hill Boulevard, US. 15-501 North
In Durham, take U.S. 15-501 North, marked Duke University/Medical Center (Do not take 15-501 Business). Continue on 15-501 and take Exit 107, marked N.C. State Route 751/Duke University West Campus. Turn RIGHT onto N.C. 751, and continue for about one mile. At the third traffic light, Duke University Road, turn LEFT. Continue on Duke University Road for about 8/10th of a mile, turn LEFT on Anderson Street. The arts center is on your right at the intersection of Anderson Street and Campus Drive.
From Virginia/North via Interstate 85 South
In Durham, take Exit 174A for US 15-501 South Bypass – Duke University/Chapel Hill. Continue on U.S. 15-501 and take Exit 107, marked N.C. State Route 751/Duke University West Campus. Turn LEFT onto N.C. 751 and continue for about 1 mile. At the fourth traffic light, Duke University Road, turn LEFT. Continue on Duke University Road for about 8/10th of a mile, turn LEFT on Anderson Street. The arts center is on your right at the intersection of Anderson Street and Campus Drive.
From the Triad/West via Interstate 85 North
In Durham, take Exit 172, N.C. State Route 147, Durham Freeway. Continue on Durham Freeway and take Exit 14, Swift Avenue. Turn RIGHT onto Swift Avenue. Continue for about one quarter mile to Campus Drive. Turn RIGHT onto Campus Drive. The arts center is located on your right between Oregon and Anderson Streets.
The Rubenstein Arts Center is fully accessible and welcomes guests with disabilities. Assisted listening devices are available for public events and large font versions of wall text are available in exhibition spaces (and in some cases, Spanish language text is available, as well).
Please note that there is no dedicated parking lot for the arts center, but there are a few ADA accessible spaces nearby. See Parking for more details.
For requests and any questions please contact Jenn Moerman, Assistant Manager for Scheduling and Operations, at 919-660-1789.