Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Welcome to Duke Chapel—Instructions for Access

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Located at the heart of Duke’s West Campus, Duke Chapel is a sanctuary for all people. Students are invited to participate in all aspects of the life of the Chapel.


The Chapel is open to the public daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All are welcome in the sanctuary during these hours for reflection, prayer, or meditation, as well as to view the building’s soaring Gothic architecture and vibrant stained-glass windows. Please enter the through the double wooden doors at the front of the Chapel or the ADA ramp, which is on the right side of the Chapel as you face the building from the front. Note: The Chapel is occasionally closed to the public for special events, so please check our calendar before coming for a visit.


Masking in Duke Chapel is optional for those who are fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, Duke requires that you wear a mask in all Duke facilities. Thank you for doing your part to keep the Chapel open and safe for all. For more information, please see the university’s Public Health Measures.

Access During Summer Facilities Work

Campus road work this summer is limiting vehicle access to the section of Chapel Drive near the Allen Building. This means that the best vehicle access to the Chapel is via the Bryan Center surface lot, which has a turnaround circle. To drive there, use the address "125 Science Drive" or click here.

Additionally, sustain the vibrancy of the stained-glass windows in the Chapel, workers have installed interior and exterior scaffolding to remove the glass from two windows in the narthex (main entrance way). The colored glass pieces from the two windows—which depict the biblical women Hannah and Esther—will be cleaned offsite and then re-installed at a later date. The work will last until mid-July. While the work is in progress, visitors will enter the Chapel through the transept (side) doors, as well as the entrance at the top of the ADA ramp facing the Divinity School; for services and ceremonies, one set of the main front doors will be open. Read more.


The Chapel holds worship services Sundays at 11:00 a.m. throughout the year as well as a Choral Evensong service Sundays at 4:00 p.m. and a Vespers service Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. during the academic year. All are invited to join us in worship. See our calendar for details for each service. Most all of the services are streamed live on our YouTube channel. Members of the Duke community may request to reserve the Chapel for weddings or memorials. Learn more.


The Chapel offers undergraduate and graduate students many ways to connect their faiths and learning at Duke: belong to one of the campus Religious Life groups, become a Chapel Scholar, participate in worship services, sing in a Chapel choir, enroll in Chapel-supported House Courses, work a student job at the Chapel, and serve with community partners in Durham. Learn more.


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