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Penned and Printed

27 May 2023 - 31 August 2024

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Historic Libraries

An exhibition of our Archives and Special Collections, telling hidden stories from the shelves and strongrooms.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Beautiful Durham

16 August 2023 - 31 May 2024

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Outdoor Art Gallery, Art Collection

As a Part of the Summer in the City Art Festival and in collaboration with nine County Durham Schools, come see a collection of artworks that answer the question “What makes Durham Beautiful?”

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Student Art Prize 2023/34: Paradise

01 May 2024 - 31 March 2025

10:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Palatine Centre, Art Collection

Visit the Student Art Prize 2023/24 exhibition and explore this years theme of Paradise.

  • Creative
  • Everyone

Toy Box: celebrating toys and games across cultures

23 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

A student-led, family-friendly summer exhibition showcasing toys from across Asia and Egypt to celebrate a simple fact of humanity: we all love to play.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Public
  • Family friendly
  • Everyone

Eternal Ascent: Bentley Beetham and the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition

24 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

This exhibition marks the centenary of the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition, the first Western, and ultimately tragic, attempt to climb the highest mountain in the world.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Public
  • Family friendly
  • Everyone

Under Durham: The Untold Stories

24 May 2024 - 21 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Museum of Archaeology

When you think about the history of Durham, what comes to mind? Beautiful architecture, rich and powerful people and the history you find in textbooks. But how often do we stop and think about the lives of ordinary people? This exhibition explores the past of Durham through the ordinary people who lived and worked here.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Repair and Care: The Norman Chapel Project

24 May 2024 - 17 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Durham Castle

Have you ever looked at an ancient castle and wondered how it’s still standing? This exhibition will explore the history of construction and building conservation at Durham Castle, with a particular focus on the Norman Chapel Project, a long-term endeavour to preserve the oldest free-standing building in Durham.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Gentian Launch, Open Mic and Exhibition Launch

30 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Please join the Poetry Society for the launch Gentian, a poetry zine and display of poems responding to objects displayed in the Oriental Museum. With open mic, all welcome!

  • Creative
  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Young People

DU Poetry Society 'Living Objects'

31 May 2024 - 30 September 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Living Objects shows a display of poems by DU Poetry Society

  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Children and families
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Teachers / Home Educators
  • Young People

Mythical Beasts

31 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Can you spot any mythical beasts or lion dogs in our galleries?

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Gentian Launch and Exhibition Evening

31 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Launch of DU Poetry Society's Gentian Zine, and display of poems at the Oriental Museum.

  • Exhibition
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Young People

Perfect Perfume

01 June 2024 - 01 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our beautiful Ancient Egyptian perfume jars, make up items and jewellery.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Little Dragons

05 June 2024 - 05 June 2024

9:30 AM - 10:31 AM

Oriental Museum

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

  • Creative
  • Public
  • Under 5s

Little Dragons

05 June 2024 - 05 June 2024

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Oriental Museum

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

  • Creative
  • Public
  • Under 5s

ART SOCIAL: SOCIAL!

05 June 2024 - 05 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Art Collection

Join us for quizzes and art games in the pub!

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • Students in HE

Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum

06 June 2024 - 06 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum is open until 7pm the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month.

  • Accessible
  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Everyone

Make a Rangoli

08 June 2024 - 08 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about the Indian tradition of Rangoli art, and make your own.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Little Dragons

12 June 2024 - 12 June 2024

9:30 AM - 10:31 AM

Oriental Museum

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

  • Creative
  • Public
  • Under 5s

Little Dragons

12 June 2024 - 12 June 2024

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Oriental Museum

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

  • Creative
  • Public
  • Under 5s

Durham Art Collective

12 June 2024 - 12 June 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students
  • Young People

What’s on across our venues

Our unique cultural attractions include Durham Castle, Botanic Garden, Historic Libraries at Palace Green, Oriental Museum, Museum of Archaeology and our World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. Whatever your interest, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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