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Toy Box: celebrating toys and games across cultures

23 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

A student-led, family-friendly summer exhibition showcasing toys from across Asia and Egypt to celebrate a simple fact of humanity: we all love to play.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Public
  • Family friendly
  • Everyone

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

DU Poetry Society 'Living Objects'

31 May 2024 - 30 September 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Living Objects shows a display of poems by DU Poetry Society

  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Children and families
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Teachers / Home Educators
  • Young People

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

Little Dragons

19 June 2024 - 19 June 2024

9:30 AM - 10:31 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

19 June 2024 - 19 June 2024

10:45 AM - 11:45 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

Autism-Friendly Family Activities

20 June 2024 - 20 June 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 ways of folding, scrunching and sticking to make your own paper sculpture.

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

Twilight Opening at Oriental Museum

20 June 2024 - 20 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

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

  • Accessible
  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Everyone

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

Little Dragons

26 June 2024 - 26 June 2024

9:30 AM - 10:31 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

26 June 2024 - 26 June 2024

10:45 AM - 11:45 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

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

Silk Painting Workshop

06 July 2024 - 06 July 2024

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for a creative workshop led by artist Gail Bell and design your own silk painting.

  • Workshop
  • Everyone

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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