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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

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

Lego Fun: Autism-Friendly Family Activities

18 July 2024 - 18 July 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for some autism-friendly lego fun for families at the Oriental Museum when the galleries are quieter.

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Workshop
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Yak-tastic!

20 July 2024 - 20 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Did you know that yaks were a vital part of the first attempts to climb Mount Everest? Find out why and make cute yak puppet.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Toy Box

27 July 2024 - 27 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new exhibition, try our new playful gallery trail and make your own game.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Sketchbook Workshop

31 July 2024 - 31 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Get a free mini sketchbook and try some easy, fun drawing ideas.

  • Workshop
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Awesome Armies

02 August 2024 - 02 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Learn about the Chinese terracotta army, and make your own terracotta warrior from clay.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Terrible Teeth

03 August 2024 - 03 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out why many Ancient Egyptians had terrible teeth and make a set of chompers from plasticine.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Gorgeous Glass

07 August 2024 - 07 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Decorate a glass jar with your favourite colours.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Paper Marbling Workshop

09 August 2024 - 09 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Experiment with colour and try paper marbling.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Sculpture Saturday

10 August 2024 - 10 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See our huge Ancient Egyptian temple frieze and then make your own relief sculpture.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Mountain Zine Making

14 August 2024 - 14 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore the sights and sounds of the Himalayas and make a cool mountain zine.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Games Night Fun: Autism-Friendly Family Activities

15 August 2024 - 15 August 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new exhibition all about toys and games, then play some fun games like Ancient Egyptian senet, snakes and ladders and more - all while the museum galleries are generally quieter.

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Workshop
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Sail Away

16 August 2024 - 16 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See a beautiful boat on display and make your own watercolour sail boat.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Awesome Obelisks

17 August 2024 - 17 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about the ancient Egyptian obelisk on display and create your own 3D model to take home.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Chinese Writing Workshop

21 August 2024 - 21 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Learn some Chinese characters and try writing your own.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Beautiful Bastet

23 August 2024 - 23 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Bastet was the Ancient Egyptian goddess of protection. Find out why she was so important and make a fun cat painting.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

The Shang Dynasty of China

24 August 2024 - 24 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about the Shang Dynasty of China and make a scary taotie mask with embossed metal detail.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Mughal Miniatures

28 August 2024 - 28 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Create your own Indian-style miniature painting.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Make a Mosaic

30 August 2024 - 30 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Create your own mini mosaic from glass tiles.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Glorious Gardens

31 August 2024 - 31 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Get creative and make a mini Japanese Zen garden.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Walk Like a Pharaoh

07 September 2024 - 07 September 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about ancient Egyptian life and make your own sandy pyramid.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Magnificent Moon Jar

14 September 2024 - 14 September 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See our fabulous Korean Moon Jar - then create a mini one from clay.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Horse Play

21 September 2024 - 21 September 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See the magnificent horse on display in the China Gallery and make a hobby horse.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Knitted together: the Korean lives and legacies of Richard and Joan Rutt

28 September 2024 - 04 May 2025

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Drawing on the objects and photographs of the main donors to the Korean collection at the Oriental Museum, Knitted Together details Richard and Joan Rutt’s 20 years living in South Korea in the immediate aftermath of the Korean War (1950 – 1953).

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

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

28 September 2024 - 28 September 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year festival, and make a shofar musical instrument.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

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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