How to Visit the Duke Tobacco Museum

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Tour the homestead. Tours of the original Duke family home are given every 15 minutes. The two-story, nineteenth-century structure has been restored and houses period furniture and other decorative and functional pieces from the era.

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Explore the visitor's center. The visitor's center is home to a variety of exhibits about the history of tobacco farming in North Carolina. Among these are early farming tools, early twentieth-century cigarette packing equipment and vintage cigarette vending machines.

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Watch a film. The theater at the visitor's center offers a changing array of short films about the tobacco industry.

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Attend a special event. In addition to its regular exhibits, the Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum hosts a number of special events each year. These include the Harvest Festival, the Herb and Craft Festival and the festive "Christmas by Candlelight" display.

The Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum is located in the heart of Durham, North Carolina, adjacent to Duke University. The restored nineteenth-century estate and visitor's center house a collection of artifacts about early tobacco farmers, tobacco's popularization in the United States and the manufacturing of cigarettes. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.