Our Location

The Franklin Center is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Trent Drive and Erwin Road, near Duke Medical Center and the VA Hospital.

The building is generally open Monday through Friday. Extended hours vary for special events on evenings and weekends.

When traveling to the Franklin Center for the first time, please be aware that there are multiple entities named after John Hope Franklin at Duke University.

Transportation to the Franklin Center

There are many local bus lines that take you to the Franklin Center. The Transloc application is helpful when checking the location of buses in real time. The following local lines come within two blocks of the Franklin Center:

Durham Public Transportation
Duke Bus from VA and 9th St to the Franklin Center
Duke Buses from East Campus to the Franklin Center
Duke Buses from West Campus to the Franklin Center


Visitor parking is available at several locations near the Franklin Center, particularly paid weekday parking in the Medical Center Parking Garage II on the same block (enter from Elba Street).

Speakers and Presenters may be designated a Reserved Parking Space in the Franklin Center Parking Lot with advance notice.

Weekend and Evening Parking
*Duke Family Medicine/Pickens Building Parking Lot

Please note, the Duke Family Medicine parking lot is ONLY available after hours. Ticketing and Towing are enforced during regular business hours.

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