Durham University, Visitor Attractions

Durham University, Visitor Attractions Durham University offers a host of unique Attractions, from museums to the Botanic Garden, a wide variety of performances and exhibitions to see, and extensive programme of public lectures to attend.

At the Oriental Museum we welcome all guide and hearing assistance dogs. Benny paid us a visit today. He had a great tim...
06/06/2019

At the Oriental Museum we welcome all guide and hearing assistance dogs. Benny paid us a visit today. He had a great time exploring the galleries with his owner. #dogs #MuseumDogs

Have a look at the events for Durham's Summer in the City festival,  celebrating the best of the city’s theatre, music a...
04/06/2019
Summer City

Have a look at the events for Durham's Summer in the City festival, celebrating the best of the city’s theatre, music and art.

http://www.summercity.org/

Summer in the City Festival 2019. Durham City's Art, Theatre and Music festival

Oriental Museum Durham University
31/05/2019

Oriental Museum Durham University

Artefact of the Month for June

#GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters is released today. Here is an original poster from the Japanese science fiction kaiju film, Son of Godzilla, or Kaijū-tō no Kessen Gojira no Musuko, released in 1967.

This film features giant mantises, a baby Godzilla (Minilla) and a giant spider!

#fridayfeeling

#FlashbackFriday

#FBF

#nostalgia

#Japan

#contemporarycollections

Join us at the Oriental Museum for some half term fun! We have some great family activities on -Powerful Portraits Wedne...
25/05/2019

Join us at the Oriental Museum for some half term fun!
We have some great family activities on -
Powerful Portraits
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Spot some portraits in our new photography exhibition Homelands and create your own powerful portrait to take home.

Joyful Jars
Friday
To help celebrate Durham Pride come and learn about Pharaoh Hatshepsut. As the ruler of Ancient Egypt she wore her own... beard. Come and make your own and look at her perfume jar on display.

Celebrating Eid
Saturday
Prepare for Eid, the Muslim festival making the end of Ramadan, and make a glittery moon and star decoration.

Activities run 1pm until 3pm and are free with admission.

Saturday's family activity at the Oriental Museum Darling DollsCome and learn about the Japanese manga series 'Rozen-Mai...
24/05/2019

Saturday's family activity at the Oriental Museum
Darling Dolls
Come and learn about the Japanese manga series 'Rozen-Maiden', a story about a bullied boy who finds help in the shape of some magical dolls. Make your doll to take home with you, although we can't promise it will be magical

Activities run 1pm until 3pm

In China, cranes represent long life and in folktales the gods travelled on their backs.This cloisonné crane was made in...
23/05/2019

In China, cranes represent long life and in folktales the gods travelled on their backs.

This cloisonné crane was made in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912 CE) and will be on display in our new exhibition ‘In Pursuit of Elegance - Chinese Jade from the Arnhold Collection’
On from June 14th - September 16th, 2019 at the Oriental Museum.

#InPursuitOfElegance
#art
#orientalmuseumdurham

Oriental Museum Durham University
21/05/2019

Oriental Museum Durham University

Today is Xiaoman (小滿Grain Buds), one of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar.
Xiaoman usually happens on 21st or 22nd May, and marks the start of rice planting.

On this jade screen, a man can be seen ploughing a field with a buffalo. Buffalos are associated with spring as they help to plough paddy fields ready for planting.

Come to the Oriental Museum to visit the upcoming exhibition ‘In Pursuit of Elegance - Chinese Jade from the Arnhold Collection’ to see this screen up close!
Friday, June 14 - Monday, September 16, 2019

Oriental Museum Durham University
18/05/2019

Oriental Museum Durham University

Buddha’s Birthday (also known as Vesak) is celebrated across the world and commemorates the birth of the Buddha in around 563 BCE. Born a prince, Buddha went on to renounce his privileged royal life and become a holy man, ultimately reaching Enlightenment.

At the Oriental Museum we're busy getting ready to celebrate Buddha's Birthday on Saturday!Celebrate the most important ...
16/05/2019

At the Oriental Museum we're busy getting ready to celebrate Buddha's Birthday on Saturday!
Celebrate the most important day in the Buddhist calendar and join us for crafts, meditation, talks on buddhism and traditional Buddha Bathing. Suitable for all the family.
12 - 4pm.

The boots at the Botanic Garden have been planted with geraniums and are ready to "march into position" around the garde...
15/05/2019

The boots at the Botanic Garden have been planted with geraniums and are ready to "march into position" around the gardens this week. See if you can spot them on your next visit.

The bluebells are at their best in the woods around the Botanic Garden at the moment.  A great time to get out and about...
14/05/2019

The bluebells are at their best in the woods around the Botanic Garden at the moment. A great time to get out and about in the sunshine and enjoy a lovely walk in the stunning scenery.

We hope you can join us on Saturday 18th May at the Oriental Museum for Buddha's Birthday celebrations. Try a guided med...
12/05/2019

We hope you can join us on Saturday 18th May at the Oriental Museum for Buddha's Birthday celebrations.
Try a guided meditation and yoga session led by Buddhist practitioners. @dumuseums 👉https://t.co/UHFnoSXv3C

Join us in Durham University Botanic Garden on Saturday 18th May between 11am and 3pm to celebrate the wonderful world o...
12/05/2019

Join us in Durham University Botanic Garden on Saturday 18th May between 11am and 3pm to celebrate the wonderful world of plants on ‘Fascination of Plants Day 2019’. We will have activities for all the family designed and run by academics from Durham University Department of Biosciences and colleagues from Dilston Physic Garden. Have you ever wondered why clover seems to take over your lawn, despite your best efforts to grow grass in its place?"- come and find out what makes clover so clever! And come and test your senses in identifying traditional medicinal plants with a chance to win a prize!’ Participation included in the usual admission price.

Join us at the Oriental Museum Saturday afternoon for our family activities- Make a Mummy!Find out the latest informatio...
10/05/2019

Join us at the Oriental Museum Saturday afternoon for our family activities-
Make a Mummy!
Find out the latest information about our Ancient Egyptian mummy and make your own mini mummy.

Activities run from 1 until 3pm

05/05/2019

The Oriental Museum will be open bank holiday Monday
12 until 5pm
Hope you can join us!

Artefact of the month for May -5th May in Japan is Children’s Day, when families celebrate the happiness and healthy gro...
04/05/2019

Artefact of the month for May -
5th May in Japan is Children’s Day, when families celebrate the happiness and healthy growth of children.
This national holiday takes the place of a much older traditional festival, Boy’s Day. For this festival families with boys set up dolls like this one depicting warriors and famous heroes. These dolls represent strength, perseverance, success and the hope that boys will grow to be brave, strong and successful.

Visit the Oriental Museum  tomorrow, and celebrate Japanese Children's Day with us! See a live sword demonstration by Sh...
03/05/2019

Visit the Oriental Museum tomorrow, and celebrate Japanese Children's Day with us! See a live sword demonstration by Shodai Ryo, Durham's own dojo, in our Japanese Gallery, or try on some kimonos! Free with admission.

#Japan #kimono

Great news! Joint Ticketing offer for Botanic Garden and Oriental Museum extended! Visit the Botanic Garden and the Orie...
02/05/2019

Great news!
Joint Ticketing offer for Botanic Garden and Oriental Museum extended!

Visit the Botanic Garden and the Oriental Museum on the same day and save money on your visit.

This special offer has proved so popular with visitors that we have decided to make it permanent.

The two attractions are located just a few minutes walk from each other and offer different and unique experiences from the natural beauty and fresh air of being outside, to the art and archaeology of the cultures of North Africa and Asia.

Joint tickets can be brought from either attraction.

Adults £4.50

Concessions £3.25

Children £1.75

Just keep your receipt when you purchase this offer and show at the second venue to gain entry.

Enjoy Japanese Children's DaySaturday afternoon at the Oriental Museum  13:00 to 15:00Celebrate Japanese Children's Day,...
30/04/2019

Enjoy Japanese Children's Day
Saturday afternoon at the Oriental Museum 13:00 to 15:00

Celebrate Japanese Children's Day, make cool carp banners and dress up in kimonos. Enjoy viewing a sword demonstration at 2pm by Shodai Ryo, Durham's own dojo, in our Japanese Gallery.

Children can try traditional carp banner making, dress up in our fantastic array of kimonos and post some selfies.

At 2pm you can enjoy viewing a live sword demonstration by Shodai Ryo, Durham’s own dojo, in our Japanese Gallery.

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Saturday afternoon for our family actvity -  Glorious Glass! See a 1000 year old glass...
26/04/2019

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Saturday afternoon for our family actvity -
Glorious Glass!
See a 1000 year old glass bottle on display and paint your own glass jar to take home.
Activities run 1 until 3pm

Museum of Archaeology, Durham University
25/04/2019

Museum of Archaeology, Durham University

Come check us out when we open in June!⁣

#prehistoricpioneers #museumofarchaeology #palacegreen #bronzeagebritain #exhibition #freeentry #exciting #dumuseums⁣

It’s too gorgeous to stay inside today.  Why not visit the Botanic Garden and see how many fish you can count, or how ma...
20/04/2019

It’s too gorgeous to stay inside today. Why not visit the Botanic Garden and see how many fish you can count, or how many beautiful flowers are out.

Visit the Oriental Museum and see our Things From Home exhibition, open until 27th October. An exhibition of contemporar...
20/04/2019
Oriental Museum : Event Details - Durham University

Visit the Oriental Museum and see our Things From Home exhibition, open until 27th October.
An exhibition of contemporary ceramics inspired by the experiences of international students, created by artist Katrin Moye.
This installation of contemporary ceramics is inspired by the objects, landscapes and food that international students miss most when they are away from home. The works were created by award winning ceramic artist, Katrin Moye.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/details/?id=42124

An exhibition of contemporary ceramics inspired by the experiences of international students, created by artist Katrin Moye.

Join us at the Oriental Museum for Saturday's family activity -Behind the MaskExplore our new art exhibition Behind the ...
19/04/2019

Join us at the Oriental Museum for Saturday's family activity -
Behind the Mask

Explore our new art exhibition Behind the Mask, inspired by our Ancient Egyptian collection. Discover wonderful Egyptian objects in our galleries and make your own Egyptian decoration. Crafts for children,
1-3pm drop in. Free with admission.

Come along to the Botanic Garden today where our storyteller will be telling stories and offering craft activities until...
18/04/2019

Come along to the Botanic Garden today where our storyteller will be telling stories and offering craft activities until 3pm
Tillytoo Tales Storytelling, Elizabeth Baker

The Oriental Museum's Easter Opening Hours are - midday to 5pm on Good Friday 19th April, Easter Saturday 20th April, Ea...
18/04/2019

The Oriental Museum's Easter Opening Hours are -
midday to 5pm on Good Friday 19th April, Easter Saturday 20th April, Easter Sunday 21st April, and Easter Monday 22nd April 2019.

Normal opening resumes at 10am on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Just as we are getting ready for the Easter Chick Hunt at the Botanic Garden this weekend, a real Mr & Mrs Duck arrive w...
16/04/2019

Just as we are getting ready for the Easter Chick Hunt at the Botanic Garden this weekend, a real Mr & Mrs Duck arrive with their chicks!

Come along on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd April and enjoy this fun family event, by picking up your spotter sheet and seeing how many of our (not real) Easter Chicks you can find in the garden. This is a self-led activity. Participation included in the admission price.

Join us Wednesday afternoon at the Oriental Museum for our family activity ' Cheery Cherry BlossomCelebrate Spring and m...
16/04/2019

Join us Wednesday afternoon at the Oriental Museum for our family activity '

Cheery Cherry Blossom

Celebrate Spring and make a Japanese cherry blossom picture. Fun crafts for children,
1-3pm drop in. Free with admission.

This Thursday, 18th April, at the Botanic Garden, we have 'Nature Tales and Legends' from 11am to 3pm.    Come along and...
16/04/2019

This Thursday, 18th April, at the Botanic Garden, we have 'Nature Tales and Legends' from 11am to 3pm. Come along and join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, to hear some stories and legends about the natural world - even a few Durham legends. Then enjoy some nature inspired craft. Participation in this activity is included in the usual admission price.
Tillytoo Tales Storytelling, Elizabeth Baker

The Oriental Museum is delighted to be involved with the Ancient Egypt Summer School: Hands On!Monday 12th - Friday 16th...
12/04/2019

The Oriental Museum is delighted to be involved with the
Ancient Egypt Summer School: Hands On!

Monday 12th - Friday 16th August 2019

Durham University is offering a week-long summer school with a focus on discovering how to explore Ancient Egypt and its people.

Through practical hands-on sessions with archival records and ancient Egyptian objects hosted at Durham University’s Libraries and Museums, they will untangle the many past and present stories woven within ancient Egypt’s material culture.
From the hopes and fears of the ancient Egyptian women and men who lived by its Nile valley, the 19th century Egyptian workers and archaeologists, European excavators and collectors to the modern Egyptians reviving ancient Egypt daily, the course will help you trace ancient Egypt’s full story.
You will also gain an insight on the latest methods and resources used by archaeologists and Egyptologists today to document and decipher its monuments and literature and record its landscape through satellite imagery.

The course will culminate in a final discussion session attempting to answer today’s most pressing question: Who owns ancient Egypt?

The aim is to find a way to understand Ancient Egypt as well as those who have studied it and those who revive it every day and to discover something about ourselves in the process.

For further details with cost and how to book please go to: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/study/shortcourses/egypt/

Or contact via the following email address [email protected]

The tulips at the Botanic Garden looking amazing in the sunshine yesterday.
11/04/2019

The tulips at the Botanic Garden looking amazing in the sunshine yesterday.

Join us for our - Autism Friendly Activities at the Oriental Museum Swell ShellsFriday, 12 April 2019 , 10:00 to middayC...
08/04/2019

Join us for our -
Autism Friendly Activities at the Oriental Museum
Swell Shells
Friday, 12 April 2019 , 10:00 to midday

Children with autism, learning or sensory impairments and their families can take part in our quiet time craft activities. See a beautiful Indian shell on display and make a painted shell decoration.

Advice for parents and caregivers:

Drop in any time between 10am and midday.
This activity is included in the Museum admission price and is generally suitable for children with autism, sensory or learning impairments aged 5 to 11.
Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

We have some great family activities for Easter break at the Oriental Museum  - from Feisty frogs and Swell Shells to Ce...
08/04/2019

We have some great family activities for Easter break at the Oriental Museum -
from Feisty frogs and Swell Shells to Celebrating Vaisahki

All activities run 1 until 3pm

Artefact of the Month for AprilAncient Egyptian Cat depicting the  goddess Bastet.Animal Figurine made from copper alloy...
06/04/2019

Artefact of the Month for April

Ancient Egyptian Cat depicting the goddess Bastet.
Animal Figurine made from copper alloy cat with wooden base
This very finely cast bronze cat was designed as a container for a mummified cat. It would then have been dedicated as an offering at a temple, probably to the goddess Bastet. The cat is protected by an amuletic necklace and a scarab on her forehead.

Join in our FAMILY ACTIVITY at the Oriental MuseumThe Great Wall of ChinaSaturday, April 6, Find out how the Great Wall ...
04/04/2019

Join in our FAMILY ACTIVITY at the Oriental Museum

The Great Wall of China

Saturday, April 6,

Find out how the Great Wall of China was built and craft your own watchtower.

Activities run 1 until 3pm

This week at the Botanic Garden work involved planting the giant water lily we were given from the Royal Botaninc Garden...
04/04/2019

This week at the Botanic Garden work involved planting the giant water lily we were given from the Royal Botaninc Garden Edinburgh last week.

Each summer these plants grow out at Longwood Botanic Garden in Florida. There, out in the open space, there is space to grow quite a few, and growing like this there is a good chance that there will be enough flowers to ensure pollination. Longwood then send seeds in the autumn to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. The seeds are carefully stored, and only allowed to germinate once the days start to get a bit longer. RBG Edinburgh select the plants they need and, if they have any plants spare, they offer them to us. Fortunately they had one single plant spare this year, so it’s very precious. At first the plants are suspended in the water and lowered down slowly as they grow, although we tried a different way this year, we lowered the level of the pond and put the plants into their huge grow bags and can now easy raise the water lever by an inch or so every 2-3 days.

As summer comes and the days get long and the sun high and bright in the sky the plants will grow at a fantastic rate, you can see a difference even in a day. The leaves get huge, well over a meter across and develop their characteristic raised leaf edges. As autumn approaches and the days grow shorter the new leaves get smaller and smaller, the plant is barely hanging on by mid winter, leaves only 6” diameter, sometimes they make it through to spring, sometimes not. If they do make it they might make it over the summer, but they are not long lived anyway, so might die naturally by summer, so its normal to just start fresh again each year….

It's Autism awareness day. Did you know the Oriental Museum has a visual story to help people prepare for their visit? S...
02/04/2019

It's Autism awareness day.
Did you know the Oriental Museum has a visual story to help people prepare for their visit? SCROLL through the slide show at your own speed.

Here are some of our photos from Holi Festival at the Oriental Museum. March 23rd 2019.What an amazing day! Why not tag ...
30/03/2019

Here are some of our photos from Holi Festival at the Oriental Museum.
March 23rd 2019.
What an amazing day!
Why not tag us if you see yourselves?

Family activity at the Oriental Museum Join us Saturday afternoon (30th) for - Beautiful bunnies See our super cool Japa...
29/03/2019

Family activity at the Oriental Museum
Join us Saturday afternoon (30th) for -
Beautiful bunnies

See our super cool Japanese rabbit on display and make your own rabbit puppet.

Activities run 1 until 3pm

The last few days of March and the daffodils are fully out now in the Botanic Garden and there is a fine display of diff...
27/03/2019

The last few days of March and the daffodils are fully out now in the Botanic Garden and there is a fine display of different types on the Oriental collection lawn. The snowflakes are in flower along the edges of the woodland garden stream. Many Rhododendrons are in flower in the woodland garden. There is a beautiful Camelia in full flower tucked away in a sheltered dell behind the monkey puzzle tree. Our wheelbarrows are full of crocuses (safe there from the rabbits) and the potted hyacinths give a heavy scent on the warm, calm, sunny afternoons. Lining up next are thousands of tulips (the ones by the greenhouse already out) and the woodland banks are covered in lush green bluebell leaves ready for their turn in early May. The cherry circle is looking good and on track to flower mid-April as usual, if not a touch early if the warm weather continues

Take this rare opportunity for a special free tour of Durham University Botanic Garden with Mike Hughes, Head Gardener, ...
25/03/2019

Take this rare opportunity for a special free tour of Durham University Botanic Garden with Mike Hughes, Head Gardener, on Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019, at 2pm. Find out some of the secrets and history behind the garden and see some of the special plants in the collection. It’s an informal tour and will last about an hour. Suitable for adults and children.

Normal entrance fee to the Botanic Garden will apply - £4.00 adult, £3.00 concessions, £1.50 children 5-16 years, infants free of charge.

Booking essential as places are limited.
https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=1210

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