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Penned and Printed

27 May 2023 - 31 March 2025

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

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

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

Think of a door: A creative workshop led by the artist Zara Worth

26 July 2024 - 26 July 2024

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A creative workshop led by the artist Zara Worth for 7 - 14 year olds!

  • Creative
  • Holiday activities
  • Workshop
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • School students
  • Young People

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

Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum

01 August 2024 - 01 August 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

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

Twilight Opening at Palace Green Library

08 August 2024 - 08 August 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Museum of Archaeology

Palace Green Library is open until 7pm on the 2nd Thursday of this month.

  • Accessible
  • Exhibition
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Everyone

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

Teddy Bear's Picnic

12 August 2024 - 12 August 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Join us for a fun-filled day of exploring bear habitats on an interactive guided walk through the Garden, a messy bear art workshop and all your favourite bear stories.

  • 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

Durham Art Collective

14 August 2024 - 14 August 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

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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