What's On at the Oriental Museum
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
This moving exhibition, produced in collaboration with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, highlights the devastation wreaked by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Included in the exhibition are photographs of everyday life before and after the bombings, alongside objects kindly loaned from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Many of these were donated by the families of the victims, bringing visitors face to face with those who lost their lives. The exhibition ends with hope, highlighting how the two cities have risen from the ashes of the bombings to spread a message of peace.
Twilight Opening at Oriental MuseumThursday 15 June, 20235:00 PM to 7:00 PMOriental Museum
Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum
Explore our collections from home with our online exhibition programme.
Enchanted Treasures: Russian folk art in the Kirill Sokolov collectionFrom fanciful clay whistles in the shape of animals to gold painted lacquer wares.
Taxila in Focus: 100 Years Since MarshallThis exhibition focuses on the ancient site of Taxila, around 32 kilometres from Pakistan’s federal capital, Islamabad.
Jericho: An Ancient City RevealedThis exhibition centres on the Oriental Museum’s collection of objects sent to Durham from Kenyon’s excavations at Jericho.
Enchanted Treasures: Russian folk art in the Kirill Sokolov collection
Taxila in Focus: 100 Years Since Marshall
Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed
Friends of the Oriental Museum events
Find out more about forthcoming Friends events and lectures including special member’s only experiences.
Join the Friends to receive free admission to the Museum, advance notice of events and exhibitions, invitations to previews of new exhibitions and a discount on purchases from the museum shop, as well as free entry for all these lectures.
Explore our regular group activity sessions.
Creative AgeCreative Age is a free, weekly art group for people living with dementia or other long-term health challenges and their carers.
Durham Archaeology ExplorersOur archaeology club for children, meeting monthly at the Oriental Museum as well as trips to local archaeological and heritage sites.
Little DragonsCome along to Little Dragons under-fives group and explore the Oriental Museum's fantastic collections and exhibitions.
Durham Archaeology Explorers
Explore the different regions of north Africa and Asia in our galleries, or visit the Silk Roads gallery, which combines works from across our collections.
Himalayas, South Asia and Southeast Asia
Find out more about our previous exhibitions and art installations.
Visit our Past Exhibitions page to explore more than 20 unique exhibitions.
Lunar New Year 2023 Celebrations at the Oriental Museum
Staff, students and volunteers at the Oriental Museum welcome visitors to celebrate the Lunar New Year in style, surrounded by a wonderful collection from the Far East. See the Museum decorated with beautiful lanterns as visitors are invited to join in with traditional activities and enjoy the entertainment. Younger visitors even get to take part in the grand finale, the children’s Dragon Dance.