The Arts

Snite Museum of Art

The Snite Museum of Art features collections that place it among the finest university art museums in the nation. It contains over 28,000 works representing many of the principal cultures and periods of world art history and provides opportunities to enjoy, respond to, learn from, and be inspired by works of art.  Admission is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated.

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

DPAC is a landmark facility with multiple venues, encouraging both the performance and the teaching of a range of arts, enriches the campus, the community, and Game Day visitors. A number of events, including concerts by outstanding performers and memorable films reflecting different times and cultures, will be presented on Game Day weekends. A ticket booth is located near the main entrance doors facing campus.  

Campus Tours: Academic Highlights

Among the scores of buildings on the Notre Dame campus, many are stimulating homes for the life of the mind. Although tours do not typically occur on football Saturdays, consider a tour on Friday or Sunday, or design one yourself so you can experience some of the buildings that are central to Notre Dame’s reputation for an outstanding undergraduate education, for a growing amount of pre-eminent research, and for its commitment to integrated academic collaboration. 

  • Stinson-Remick Hall is the home to the College of Engineering. Located on the east side of Notre Dame Avenue, it houses a nanotechnology research center, the University’s Energy Center, an 11,800-square-foot semiconductor processing and device fabrication clean room, and an undergraduate interdisciplinary learning center.
  • The Jordan Hall of Science is the largest building on campus dedicated to undergraduate studies and research in the sciences. 
  • The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is another impressive building, containing five state-of-the-art theaters and performance spaces. 
  • The Notre Dame Law School was founded in 1869, and is the oldest Roman Catholic Law School in the nation. The Law School contains specialized training rooms and boasts external decorations that reflect the close kinship between faith and reason in today’s legal system. The Eck Hall of Law opened in 2009 and Biolchini Hall of Law was renovated in 2010. 
  • Geddes Hall is the home of the Institute for Church Life, the Center for Social Concerns and Center for Ethics and Culture. Its location close to the center of campus and its design maximizing collaborative spaces will help to link interdisciplinary initiatives with service-learning and community involvement, in the light of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. 

The Main Building

This administrative heart of Notre Dame is a structure that will help you to get to know more about the school, its past, and its future trajectory. Consider visiting this building prior to the visit of the Band’s trumpet section at 4:00 p.m. on Friday or prior to the Band’s step-off from the building approximately 45 minutes before the football game, among other times. 

Among the notable features in this 130-year-old building are a mural on the interior of The Golden Dome honoring the liberal arts,  a wall of plaques honoring people whose own efforts and attributes have made substantial donations to the life of the University, and a history of the Laetare Medal, the most prestigious medal given annually to an American Catholic.

The Hesburgh Libraries

Notre Dame’s main library bears the image of Christ the Teacher, more commonly known as Touchdown Jesus. Either way, this Word of Life Mural is calling people to embrace truth and wisdom, to persevere in one’s disciplined pursuits of excellence, and to recognize that faith and reason are dual pathways to fully integrated human knowledge. All of the library units around campus, containing prodigious resources customized for such pursuits as chemistry, engineering, international affairs, or architecture, are now together called the Hesburgh Libraries, bearing the name of Notre Dame President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. This internationally renowned educator has championed the notion that libraries are for people who are moving deeper into their fields of knowledge and deeper into their vocations for engagement and problem-solving.