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Oriental Museum

What's On

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

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.

Family Activities

All activities run 1-3pm and are drop-in, unless otherwise stated.


Easter Holidays 2014


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!


April 2014

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.


May 2014

Saturday 3rd May - Scary Snakes

Take inspiration from two fascinating objects in the Japanese Galley and create a moving snake or crab.


Saturday 10th May - Crazy Cookies

Make your own edible fortune cookies and write special fortunes for your friends and family.


Saturday 17th May - Super Soap Carving

Explore the Oriental Museum's collections and carve your own masterpiece from soap.


May Half Term Holiday

Saturday 24th May - Super Socks

Check out our fun Korean socks and create your own pair of K-pop inspired socks featuring your favourite cartoon or gaming character.

Wednesday 28th May - Marvellous Music

To tie in with the Oriental Museum hosting the East Asian Music Festival, visit us to make your own Asian musical instrument.


Friday 30th May - Children's Day

Learn about Children's Day in Japan, and make a carp kite or a Samurai helmet.


Saturday 31st May - Mosaic Mania

Find out about mosaics in the ancient world and create your own unique design from glass tiles to take 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!