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Special exhibitions

Explore exciting events and exhibitions across our venues.

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

An exhibition celebrating the work of emerging contemporary artists and designers recently acquired by the Oriental Museum.
photographic artwork

Welcome the Year of the Dragon

Find out more about traditional Spring Festival celebrations in China and see enjoy amazing dragon themed artefacts in the Oriental Museum collections
Lunar New Year decorations displayed in museum

Penned and Printed

An exhibition of our Archives and Special Collections, telling hidden stories from the shelves and strongrooms.
Penned and Printed Exhibition logo showing various items from Palace Green Library Special Collections

Durham Global Week 2024

Global Week 2024 features a wide range of events led by staff, students and societies from right across the University.

Explore the programme of events and find out how you can get involved. Many events are open to all and everyone is welcome.
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Children with Oriental Museum Dragon

Upcoming events

Little Dragons

Wednesday 7 February, 2024
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Oriental Museum
Child at Little Dragons

Durham Castle Guided Tours

Thursday 29 February, 2024
1:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Durham Castle
A group of people sit on wooden benches between stone columns in a room with stone walls. Guide stands to one side speaking.

Celebrate Japanese Hina Matsuri

Saturday 2 March, 2024
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oriental Museum
A Hina Matsuri set of ornamental dolls (hina-ningyō). A special seven tiered platform or altar (hina dan) covered with red carpet is used to display the dolls, who are wearing traditional court dress of the Heian period (794 and 1185), when the custom of displaying dolls began.

North East Ancient Egypt Society Lecture

Saturday 2 March, 2024
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Oriental Museum
North East Ancient Egypt Society logo

Online exhibitions

Explore our collections from home with our online exhibition programme.

Journeys: Reading the World

Explore themes of travel, adventure and exploration using the rare books, diaries, maps and letters in Palace Green Library special collections.
Collage image of items included in the Journeys exhibition, including a giant from Gulliver’s Travels, a tourist with binoculars, Notre Dame Cathedral, a plane, a world map, three arctic explorers and an aeroplane.

Hidden Stories From the River Wear

Explore the collections of underwater archaeologist, Gary Bankhead, in an exhibition by students from Durham University.
River Wear Exhibition logo showing outline of the river and map of Durham from above

Taxila in Focus: 100 years Since Marshall

This exhibition focuses on the ancient site of Taxila, around 32 kilometres from Pakistan’s federal capital, Islamabad.
Half of the image is in black and white, showing the site in the early 20th century. The other half is a colour 21st century image.

Join our Friends

Our Botanic Garden, Oriental Museum and Palace Green Library all have Friends organisations which organise events and lectures including special members-only experiences.

A group of people stood examining a piece of artwork

Regular activities

Durham University Library and Collections offer a range of fun, engaging and accessible workshops, resources and experiences for people of all ages.

  • Creative Age

    Creative Age is a free, weekly art group for people living with dementia or other long-term health challenges and their carers.
    Journey, a collaborative artwork made by the Creative Age group and artist Marián Hernandez Villada.
  • Durham Archaeology Explorers

    Our archaeology club for children aged 7 - 11, meeting monthly at the Oriental Museum as well as trips to local archaeological and heritage sites.
    Child in high-vis jacket taking part in Durham Archaeology Explorers
  • Little Dragons

    Come along to Little Dragons under-fives group and explore the Oriental Museum's fantastic collections and exhibitions.
    Toddler enjoying Little Dragons under-fives session

Creative Age

Creative Age is a free, weekly art group for people living with dementia or other long-term health challenges and their carers.
Journey, a collaborative artwork made by the Creative Age group and artist Marián Hernandez Villada.

Durham Archaeology Explorers

Our archaeology club for children aged 7 - 11, meeting monthly at the Oriental Museum as well as trips to local archaeological and heritage sites.
Child in high-vis jacket taking part in Durham Archaeology Explorers

Little Dragons

Come along to Little Dragons under-fives group and explore the Oriental Museum's fantastic collections and exhibitions.
Toddler enjoying Little Dragons under-fives session

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