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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

Perfect Perfume

01 June 2024 - 01 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our beautiful Ancient Egyptian perfume jars, make up items and jewellery.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

ART SOCIAL: SOCIAL!

05 June 2024 - 05 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for quizzes and art games in the pub!

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • Students in HE

Make a Rangoli

08 June 2024 - 08 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about the Indian tradition of Rangoli art, and make your own.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Wonderful Weather Dolls

15 June 2024 - 15 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about teru teru bozu - the famous Japanese weather doll and have a go at making one.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Play Time!

22 June 2024 - 22 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new exhibition all about play and toys, then try making your own game.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Magnificent Manga

29 June 2024 - 29 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore the Oriental Museum's collection of Japanese Manga comics and create your own to take home.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Tanabata Festival

06 July 2024 - 06 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Tanabata is the Japanese summer star festival. Find out about this special time of year and make tanabata decorations.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

MG Car Display

07 July 2024 - 07 July 2024

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Botanic Garden

The Durham MG & Classic Car Club was formed in 2001 for local car enthusiasts interested in MG cars, both classic and modern. This informal gathering will showcase cars representing models produced from the late 1940s through to the early 2000s.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Festival of Archaeology Fun

13 July 2024 - 13 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Handle some archaeological finds from Ancient Egypt and China and try our special archaeology trail.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Yak-tastic!

20 July 2024 - 20 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Did you know that yaks were a vital part of the first attempts to climb Mount Everest? Find out why and make cute yak puppet.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

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

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

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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