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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.
Explore exciting events and exhibitions across our venues.
‘There was light’: Amunhotep III and his Dazzling AgeUsing the collections of the Oriental Museum, this exhibition focuses on the family of Tutankhamun and the courtiers who surrounded them.
Take a Stitch 2 DurhamCreative textile artists and stitchers Take a Stitch 2 Durham present their 2023 exhibition inspired by 950 years of Durham Castle.
Guardians of the Silk Road’s Heritage: Women of the mountains of Central AsiaShowcasing the artists and craftswomen who are preserving traditional knowledge and skills and popularising Central Asian folk art.
‘There was light’: Amunhotep III and his Dazzling Age
Take a Stitch 2 Durham
Guardians of the Silk Road’s Heritage: Women of the mountains of Central Asia
Twilight Opening at Oriental MuseumThursday 15 June, 20235:00 PM to 7:00 PMOriental Museum
Twilight Talk: Throwing it Out There: Creating an ExhibitionThursday 22 June, 20235:45 PM to 6:45 PMMuseum of Archaeology, Historic Libraries, Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum
Twilight Talk: Throwing it Out There: Creating an Exhibition
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.
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 educationFind out more about our range of curriculum-linked sessions from Early Years to Post-16.
Families and lifelong learningWe offer a range of fun, engaging and accessible workshops, resources and experiences for people of all ages.
Online resourcesExplore our range of collections-centred interactives, videos, podcasts and downloadable content.
Schools and home education
Families and lifelong learning
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.
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.
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.
Step into spring celebrating Holi Festival at the Oriental MuseumJoin 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.
Year of the RabbitWe 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.
Oriental Museum welcomes Master Japanese PotterMaster 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.
Conserving Durham City’s oldest standing buildingWork has started on conserving and improving the oldest standing building in Durham City – the 11th century Norman Chapel inside Durham Castle.
Join us for Community Fun Day 2022We 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.
Gold Award win for Botanic GardenDurham 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.
Two Exciting New Exhibitions at the Oriental MuseumThe Oriental Museum launches two exciting, new exhibitions this month, both will run from 1 October to May 2023.
New exhibition reveals Stories of the River Wear
Step into spring celebrating Holi Festival at the Oriental Museum
Year of the Rabbit
Oriental Museum welcomes Master Japanese Potter
Conserving Durham City’s oldest standing building
Join us for Community Fun Day 2022
Gold Award win for Botanic Garden
Two Exciting New Exhibitions at the Oriental Museum