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Our Venues

Durham University is home to internationally important collections from across history and around the globe. We welcome visitors to our museums and galleries and garden. Located in two clusters, at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and to the south of the city, our venues are open year-round and are open to all.

Special exhibitions

Explore exciting events and exhibitions across our venues.

‘There was light’: Amunhotep III and his Dazzling Age

Using the collections of the Oriental Museum, this exhibition focuses on the family of Tutankhamun and the courtiers who surrounded them.
Egyptian statue from Oriental Museum

Take a Stitch 2 Durham

Creative textile artists and stitchers Take a Stitch 2 Durham present their 2023 exhibition inspired by 950 years of Durham Castle.
A collage of crafted textiles

Guardians of the Silk Road’s Heritage: Women of the mountains of Central Asia

Showcasing the artists and craftswomen who are preserving traditional knowledge and skills and popularising Central Asian folk art.
Woman with woven rugs silk road exhibition

Upcoming events

Interesting X-Rays

Saturday 10 June, 2023
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Image of an a mummified cat from Ancient Egypt, bound in bandages.

Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum

Thursday 15 June, 2023
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Overhead view of the galleries in the Oriental Museum

Taotie Mask Making

Saturday 17 June, 2023
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
Image of a carved jade Chinese ornament with a carved Taotie face into the surface. The face is that of a geometrical daemon, originating in Shang Dynasty China

Twilight Talk: Throwing it Out There: Creating an Exhibition

Thursday 22 June, 2023
5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Museum of Archaeology, Historic Libraries, Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
A photograph of a group of students.

About us

Durham University’s museums, collections and Botanic Garden welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

Our aim is to be a front door to Durham University, sharing the wealth of knowledge and research generated by students and academics from all over the world who use our collections. Find out more about who we are and how you can get in contact.

Aerial photograph of the Durham Peninsula, showing the landscape. The u-shape, and the river made this an ideal site for a castle to the north end.

Learn

Our Collections Outreach team offer a range of hybrid, interactive taught programmes and events for school, community groups, families and life-long learners.

Schools and home education

Find out more about our range of curriculum-linked sessions from Early Years to Post-16.
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Families and lifelong learning

We offer a range of fun, engaging and accessible workshops, resources and experiences for people of all ages.
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Online resources

Explore our range of collections-centred interactives, videos, podcasts and downloadable content.
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Want to get involved?

There are lots of different ways you can get involved with our venues and collections.

Find out more about joining one of our Friends organisations, volunteering your time or donating to the collections. Learn more about our opportunities for artists and creative practitioners.

Group of people around a table covered in crafts
Group of stone objects with ties around them to attach labels, with museum object numbers tied to them

Research

We welcome anyone who wishes to study our collections and archives. We offer a range of research facilities at our museums and other collections sites for pre-booked research visits.

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Latest news

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  • New exhibition reveals Stories of the River Wear

    'Stories from the River: Exploring the history of Durham, the finds of underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead', launches on Monday 20 February at the Museum of Archaeology within Palace Green Library. The exhibition explores the stories connected through objects discovered in the River Wear, evoking the social history of Durham’s past 800 years.
    Artefacts from River Wear from Gary Bankhead
  • Step into spring celebrating Holi Festival at the Oriental Museum

    Join students and community volunteers when they spring into action to help celebrate the spectacular Indian festival of Holi at the Oriental Museum on Saturday 11 March, 12 noon – 5pm.
    People throwing coloured power to celebrate Holi at the Oriental Museum
  • Year of the Rabbit

    We would like to wish all those preparing for and celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit a very happy and healthy New Year. A range of exciting celebrations will be taking place across the University and City to mark the special occasion.
    Image showing Chinese lanterns and a rabbit on a red and purple background
  • Oriental Museum welcomes Master Japanese Potter

    Master Japanese potter Keigo Kamide is visiting the Oriental Museum on Wednesday 23 November, to give a free talk about his art and the ancient craft of Kutani. His talk will be illustrated with a selected display of his works for visitors to enjoy.
    Keigo Kamide Pottery event at Oriental Museum
  • Conserving Durham City’s oldest standing building

    Work has started on conserving and improving the oldest standing building in Durham City – the 11th century Norman Chapel inside Durham Castle.
    Interior of the Norman Chapel, Durham
  • Join us for Community Fun Day 2022

    We are so excited to be hosting our Community Fun Day once again, and we are inviting you to join us! Come along to enjoy an exciting range of activities from across the County to celebrate the best of Durham community projects. The event will be taking place on a marquee on Palace Green from 10am until 3pm on Saturday October 29.
    Community Fun Day Promotional image
  • Gold Award win for Botanic Garden

    Durham University’s Botanic Garden has been awarded a Gold Medal in the ‘Tourist, Visitor Attraction and Country Estate’ category at this year’s Northumbria In Bloom Awards.
    Botanic Garden gardener watering flowers
  • Two Exciting New Exhibitions at the Oriental Museum

    The Oriental Museum launches two exciting, new exhibitions this month, both will run from 1 October to May 2023.
    Oriental Museum Silk Road Exhibition Oct 2022 Woman with coloured rugs

New exhibition reveals Stories of the River Wear

'Stories from the River: Exploring the history of Durham, the finds of underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead', launches on Monday 20 February at the Museum of Archaeology within Palace Green Library. The exhibition explores the stories connected through objects discovered in the River Wear, evoking the social history of Durham’s past 800 years.
Artefacts from River Wear from Gary Bankhead

Step into spring celebrating Holi Festival at the Oriental Museum

Join students and community volunteers when they spring into action to help celebrate the spectacular Indian festival of Holi at the Oriental Museum on Saturday 11 March, 12 noon – 5pm.
People throwing coloured power to celebrate Holi at the Oriental Museum

Year of the Rabbit

We would like to wish all those preparing for and celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit a very happy and healthy New Year. A range of exciting celebrations will be taking place across the University and City to mark the special occasion.
Image showing Chinese lanterns and a rabbit on a red and purple background

Oriental Museum welcomes Master Japanese Potter

Master Japanese potter Keigo Kamide is visiting the Oriental Museum on Wednesday 23 November, to give a free talk about his art and the ancient craft of Kutani. His talk will be illustrated with a selected display of his works for visitors to enjoy.
Keigo Kamide Pottery event at Oriental Museum

Conserving Durham City’s oldest standing building

Work has started on conserving and improving the oldest standing building in Durham City – the 11th century Norman Chapel inside Durham Castle.
Interior of the Norman Chapel, Durham

Join us for Community Fun Day 2022

We are so excited to be hosting our Community Fun Day once again, and we are inviting you to join us! Come along to enjoy an exciting range of activities from across the County to celebrate the best of Durham community projects. The event will be taking place on a marquee on Palace Green from 10am until 3pm on Saturday October 29.
Community Fun Day Promotional image

Gold Award win for Botanic Garden

Durham University’s Botanic Garden has been awarded a Gold Medal in the ‘Tourist, Visitor Attraction and Country Estate’ category at this year’s Northumbria In Bloom Awards.
Botanic Garden gardener watering flowers

Two Exciting New Exhibitions at the Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum launches two exciting, new exhibitions this month, both will run from 1 October to May 2023.
Oriental Museum Silk Road Exhibition Oct 2022 Woman with coloured rugs

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