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What's On

Featured exhibitions

Friday, September 29, 2017 - Sunday, January 28, 2018

Reconstructing the Kasthamandap and its past after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake


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Friday, October 20, 2017

This October come and celebrate the much loved Hindu festival of Diwali at the Oriental Museum!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Come along and celebrate all things Japanese. Free entry all day from 10am.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Celebrate Science at the Oriental Museum, see our amazing Chinese compass and make your own to take home.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Find out about the monsters and demons in the Oriental Museum collections and make your own spooky bat puppet to take home.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Lecture by Dr Bonnie Kemske. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2017/18 series.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Join us for a hands-on workshop led by artist Maggie Hickman Smith of Interface Arts.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Welcoming the spectacular Lumiere festival back to Durham, come along and make a jam jar lantern.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Enjoy this special curator-led object handling session. Get hands on with Hindu, Sikh, Islamic and Buddhist objects from the Oriental Museum's collections.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Enjoy an afternoon learning to play the ancient Chinese game of Go.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Explore our new exhibition Music and Imagination, listen to some Indian classical music and make your own musical instrument to take home.

CBeebies Teacup Travels

Drop in to the Oriental Museum to see up close the real artefact that inspired Charlotte’s adventure in “Teacup Travels”; the exciting second series has just started on CBeebies (December 2016).

Teacup Travels is a treasure trove of epic adventure stories, which inspires audiences up and down the country by opening the door to ancient worlds and civilizations to young viewers. Each 15 minute episode revolves around Great Aunt Lizzie telling her fictional adventures in Ancient Greece, Edo Japan, the Viking Lands and the Mayan Empire and each story features a replica of an ancient artefact from a museum somewhere in the UK.

In series two, Great Aunt Lizzie’s magical stories are told to her niece Charlotte, and we are introduced to Lokesh, Charlotte’s cousin, who, whilst cradling a warming drink in one of Great Aunt Lizzie’s special teacups, are transported back through time to ancient lands, where the story begins.

The Oriental Museum’s curator Rachel Barclay, worked with the makers of Teacup Travels (Plum Films) to recreate the Inro and Netsuke from Edo Japan. Painstakingly re-made by Plum Films’ highly experienced and skilled prop- maker, the episodes were inspired by objects from the collection at the Oriental Museum. The tv production team has been truthful to the original artefacts, ensuring that they look the part through a detailed process of recording how the items were found, the state they were in, how they were originally used so that the replicas in the series are used properly by the cast.

Children can enjoy our Teacups Travel trail around our galleries, and become explorers just like Charlotte and Lokesh, having fun trying to find our objects from both Series 1 and Series 2.

You can find out more about the series at the CBeebies website where you can also download a printable Teacup Travels museum map which features an introduction to all of the artefacts featured in the series.

December 2016

September 2017

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Nike Swoosh by Chinese sculptor Li Lihong in our MacDonald Gallery.