The Oriental Museum has a busy programme of events for adults and families relating to our collections and temporary exhibitions. See below for What's On. If you would like us to email you when we have special events, please let us know at email@example.com.
Information on the Friends of the Oriental Museum Lecture Series and other Friends events can be found on the Friends page. To find out about events taking place right across Durham University look at the University What's On Guide.
Sunday 16th March 2014, 12 - 5pm (various ticket times)
Celebrate the arrival of Spring at the museum with traditional powder throws, storytelling, family activities and live music.
This event is FREE and open to all.
Booking is essential. You can book your place via Eventbrite or contact Lauren at the Oriental Museum on 0191 3345888.
- Further information on the Holi Festival (last modified: 6 March 2014)
English Tourism Week is a week-long celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experiences and the value our industry brings to our nation.
Visit us on Saturday 29th March to enjoy FREE entry, and participate in some special events which are listed below.
More information on other events throughout the country can be found on the English Tourism website.
As part of English Tourism Week we are delighted to welcome Annapurna Dance to the Oriental Museum to demonstrate and teach the basics of traditional Indian dance.
Saturday 29th March 2014
1 to 1.45pm
Two dancers from Annapurna dance will re-enact the story of the Ramayana in the Indian gallery of the Museum. This is a family event and audience participation is welcomed. This will last around 45 minutes.
2pm and 3pm - held in the Oriental Museum Education Room and lasting 30 – 45 minutes each. You will learn the basics of traditional Indian dance and the meaning behind the important hand movements and subtle gestures in a fun and enjoyable way. Classes are suitable for all levels of ability and for all ages, and are completely FREE. However due to popularity booking is essential.
Read information about Annapurna dance company
This workshop is part of the Indian Spring festival at the Oriental Museum and this has been funded by The Arts Council.
Saturday 29th March 2014
Listen to a series of talks from the experts at the Oriental Museum. Two talks will take place:
2.30pm - Korea at the Oriental Museum
3.30pm - Japan at the Oriental Museum
No need to sign up for the talks; simply turn up on the day.
All activities run 1-3pm and are drop-in, unless otherwise stated.
Saturday 15th March - Tiger-tastic
Explore why this endangered cat is so important in Indian culture and make a tiger mask.
Saturday 22nd March - The Romans are coming!
Try on some Roman helmets and armour and make your own sword and shield to do battle with.
Saturday 29th March - Marvellous Mosques
Explore some of the most beautiful mosques in the world and create your own colourful cellophane mosque sun catcher.
Easter Holidays 2014
Saturday 5th April - Lovely Leather
People have been working leather for thousands of years. Explore how leather is produced and make a pair of simple shoes to wear with pride!
Wednesday 9th April - Fantastic Flowers
Celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom season by making your own cherry blossom tree.
Friday 11th April - Tremendous Tiles
Paint your own Middle Eastern-inspired tile.
Saturday 12th April - Let's get arty!
Explore the Oriental Museum's collections for inspiration, and create your own artwork using lots of fun materials.
Wednesday 16th April - Chinese Crafts
Have a go at printing Chinese symbols, and try your hand at Chinese paper cut.
Saturday 19th April - Marvellous Mesopotamia
Explore the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia and craft an ancient archaeological find!
Saturday 26th April - Magnificent Mummies
Find out about ancient Egyptian mummies, make your own and start the process of mummifying a banana to finish at home.
Advice for parents and caregivers:
- All activities are drop in (any time between 1 and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated.
- All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11.
- Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Little Dragon Club
Our Little Dragon Club is an exciting and stimulating club for young children between 0 and 5 years old. Sessions runs every Wednesday, from 10-11am.
Durham Archaeology Explorers Club
If you are aged between 7 and 11 years, then book onto our Durham Archaeology Explorers (DAX) Club, which meets once a month. Join in and be inspired by archaeology!