Graduation Weekend Tours

Celebrate graduation with a visit to one of the gems of Duke University: the Duke Lemur Center!

Due to the high volume of interest we receive from the Duke community, Commencement Weekend (May 10-12, 2019) is an extremely busy one. If you would like to visit us that weekend, you must purchase tickets in advance from the Duke Box Office. This is a new partnership that enables us to sell tickets online for your convenience; but rest assured that all tour fees still come right back to the Lemur Center to pay for lemur care, housing, veterinary supplies, and conservation initiatives!

See below for details on how to purchase your tickets. Please be sure to read all of the available information about our Commencement Weekend tours before purchasing.

Thanks so much for your interest in visiting us. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Available Dates + Times

We will host two three-hour-long open format tour sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Please see the Tour Description tab below for more details about open format tours.) All six scheduling options are listed below:

Friday, May 10 9:30 a.m. 'til 12:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10 1:30 'til 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 9:30 a.m. 'til 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 1:30 'til 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 12 9:30 a.m. 'til 12:30  p.m.
Sunday, May 12 1:30 'til 4:30 p.m.

We cannot offer any Little Lemurs or private Lemurs Live tours on any of the Commencement Weekend dates listed above (May 10-May 12).

How to Purchase Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Duke Box Office website. These tours sell out fast... CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets!

Tour Description

The DLC's Commencement Weekend Open Format Tours utilize the same tour path as our Lemurs Live and Little Lemurs tours, and guests see the same lemurs and hear the same great info from staffers and volunteers stationed near the enclosures. But, instead of following a designated guide from station to station, visitors are encouraged to wander the path at their own pace and according to their own interests. This means that if a lemur is being especially cute you can linger by its enclosure and watch as long as you’d like; or, if a lemur is sleeping, you’ll have the freedom to pass by it and return later!

Once you have made your reservation, you can arrive any time between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (if you booked the morning tour) or between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. (if you booked the afternoon tour), and stay for as little or as long as you'd like.

Please note that the tour path closes at 12:30 and 4:30, and that guests who arrive after 12:00 or 4:00 will not have time to see the lemurs and thus will not be permitted onto the tour path. Please factor this into your arrival time.


Adult (ages 13 – 64): $14
Children (ages 3 – 12): $12
Children (ages 2 and under): free
Seniors (ages 65 and up), non-Duke students, military: $12 (must present valid ID)
Duke rate (Duke employees, Duke alumni, and Duke students): $12 rate for you and one additional guest (must present valid ID)

All tour revenue and merchandise purchases fund the Education Department and help pay for lemur care, housing, veterinary supplies, and conservation initiatives.

Gift Shop

The Lemur Landing Gift Shop stocks an array of unique and highly giftable merchandise, perfect for lemur lovers young and old... including new college grads! Products range from cuddly lemur stuffies (including a sifaka and aye-aye made exclusively for us!) to apparel, paintings by lemurs, photo canvases, and native Malagasy products. Offerings vary by season.

All gifts “give back” to the lemurs at the DLC! All purchases fund the Education Department and help pay for lemur care, housing, veterinary supplies, and conservation initiatives. –So you can feel good about the products you buy!

Please stop by seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. ’til 4:00 p.m. You do not need a reservation to visit the shop, but you will need to reserve ahead of time if you’d like to take a tour while you’re here. See above or visit our tour webpage for more info. We’d love to meet you!

Plan Your Visit

Our Visitor Information Guide is the best resource for planning your visit to the DLC! That said, no resource is exhaustive; so if you have any questions about the tour or preparing for your visit that aren’t addressed in the information linked above, please call us at (919) 401-7240. We’ll be happy to help!*

*If you have questions about purchasing tickets, please call the Duke Box Office directly: (919) 684-4444.

CLICK HERE to purchase your Graduation Weekend tour tickets via the Box Office website!






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