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What's On

Featured exhibitions

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Sunday, December 15, 2019

Interface Arts is a network for artists in County Durham and the surrounding areas. This exhibition showcases works influenced by both the Oriental Museum’s collections and Durham University’s contemporary Western Art collections.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Thursday, December 19, 2019

FREE weekly dementia–friendly art sessions for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their carers. Every Wednesday to 19th December.

Family activity
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Join us to celebrate creativity with an afternoon of imaginative arts and crafts with artist / maker Marian Hernandez.

Family activity
Saturday, December 14, 2019

See a Chinese puzzle ball on display so complicated, it was known as 'the devil's work' - then craft your own fiendish puzzle to take home.

Family activity
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Find out how Christmas is celebrated around the world and make your own Christmas decorations to take home.

Family activity
Saturday, January 25, 2020

2020 is the Lunar New Year of the Rat! Get ready for the festivities and make Chinese lanterns and paper cuts to decorate the Museum, ready for our Lantern Festival in February!

Family activity
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Join us for a late night opening at the Oriental Museum, to mark the Lunar New Year.

November 2019

Don't miss

The world famous 'Servant Girl' statuette in our Thacker Gallery of Ancient Egypt