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120 Morris St. Downtown Durham

DAC Building Hours:

 *Subject to Change due to Private Events

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm

Sunday: 1pm – 6pm


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Durham Arts Council

120 Morris Street

Durham, NC 27701

Phone: 919.560.2787

View of the front of the DAC building at dusk from across Morris Street, the sunset is reflected in the glass of the building.

Come and visit Durham Arts Council in downtown Durham! We are open and free to the public seven days a week. Enjoy our four award-winning exhibition galleries and the beautiful, award-winning Ruth Carver Gardens featuring sculpture and seasonal floral plantings. Built in 1906, our building is the oldest in continuous public use in Durham and is on the National Historic Register. While you’re downtown, we invite you to support Durham’s local restaurants and retail establishments. For more ideas for visit Downtown Durham, Inc’s website:


There is public parking available at and around the Durham Arts Council. These parking areas are owned by the City of Durham and managed by Central Parking System. Durham Arts Council has no control or responsibility for these parking areas

  • Manning Place parking lot is directly adjacent to the Durham Arts Council building on the South side (entry from Morris Street). Limited parking is available for DAC and downtown visitors. No parking is permitted in front of the dumpsters and in front of the loading bay (please see the front desk if you are loading equipment for PSI Theatre).
  • Durham Centre Parking Garage is a multi-level paid public parking deck directly across Morgan street from the Durham Arts Council building. There are entrances on both Morgan and Morris Streets.



Manning Place parking lot contains 6 handicapped parking spaces. The parking lot is accessed from Morris Street and is directly to the South of the DAC building.

Visitors with mobility issues are welcome to be dropped off in Manning Place parking lot – there is a gently sloped ramp up to the main building entrances from the Manning Place parking lot.

Building Navigation:

The DAC building has three levels that are accessible via elevator. A complimentary wheelchair is available for use within the building upon request. The building is fitted with ramps, handrails, and ADA compliant front doors.


Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on all three levels of the building.

Four students stand next to their pencil drawings of a mountain scene smiling at the camera

DAC Education, Camps and Classes:

DAC School strives to make all course content accessible to all students. Please discuss any special needs you may have with the school registrar prior to registration and at least two week before the start date of the class or camp you are interested in. Contact Janet Bell: or (919)560-2726.

ASL Interpreters and Audio Description:

We can provide sign language interpretation for guests with hearing disabilities or audio description for guests with visual impairments. Hearing assist devices are available on request for PSI Theatre events. Requests for this service must be received 30 days prior to the event.

Large Print:

We are happy to provide large print versions of most DAC documents upon request. 


Who Else Calls the DAC Building Home?

As a way of supporting our community of arts organizations, we provide office space to numerous other groups through our grant programs. These are the groups we currently share our building space with:

African American Dance Ensemble – lower level
Choral Society of Durham – lower level
Durham Art Guild – main level
Durham Children’s Choir – lower level
Durham Symphony Orchestra – lower level
Durham Savoyards, Ltd. – lower level
Mallarme Chamber Players – upper level
Pleiades Arts – lower level
Young People’s Performing Company – lower level
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