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Voices: contemporary art and craft from the Middle East and North Africa

29 September 2023 - 12 May 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

An exhibition celebrating the work of emerging contemporary artists and designers from the Middle East and North Africa recently acquired by the Oriental Museum.

  • Exhibitions
  • Everyone

Little Dragons

03 April 2024 - 24 April 2024

9:30 AM - 10:30 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

03 April 2024 - 24 April 2024

10:45 AM - 10:45 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

Little Dragons

10 April 2024 - 01 May 2024

9:30 AM - 10:30 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

17 April 2024 - 08 May 2024

9:30 AM - 10:30 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

17 April 2024 - 08 May 2024

10:45 AM - 10:45 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

Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum

18 April 2024 - 02 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

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

  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Everyone

Little Dragons

24 April 2024 - 15 May 2024

9:30 AM - 10:30 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: Life Drawing at the Oriental Museum

24 April 2024 - 24 April 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Led by artist Isabel Gotti, join us for life drawing in the museum.

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Student experience
  • Workshop
  • Alumni
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • Students in HE

Blossom Week: 'The Trees Have Spoken'

27 April 2024 - 27 April 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Blossom has begun to appear all around us!

  • Creative
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Japanese Children's Day

04 May 2024 - 04 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Come and join in the fun!

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Slow Stitching Workshop

04 May 2024 - 04 May 2024

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for a slow stitching workshop which combines relaxation with creative movements. Make a notebook cover from simple stitches and enjoy the calm.

  • Workshop
  • Everyone

Froggy Friends

11 May 2024 - 11 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Fascinating froggy friends in the Oriental Museum!

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Autism-Friendly Family Activities

16 May 2024 - 16 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for some fun, autism-friendly crafts for families at the Oriental Museum when the galleries are quieter. Experiment with colour, shape and pattern and paint your own unique artwork.

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

Buddha's Birthday

18 May 2024 - 18 May 2024

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Come and celebrate Buddha's birthday with us!

  • Festival
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

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

Celebrating Durham Pride

25 May 2024 - 25 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Come and start the Pride celebrations!

  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

High and Mighty

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new photography exhibition!

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

ART SOCIAL: Feel My Words: The Power of Text in Visual Art

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join poet, picture-maker and playwright Lizzie Lovejoy in a workshop to combine creative writing and visual art.

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Workshop
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • 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

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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