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Art Workshops

Mini Artists - Messy Play and story time for the under 5s


We provide a fun and safe environment for young children to create and experience new things - plus we do all the clearing up!

  • Friday 12 December
  • Friday 15 January 2016
  • Friday 26 February
  • Friday 18 March

£2.00 per child, plus admission charges for the adults (which is free with an Annual Pass). This includes tea or coffee and juice for the mini artists.

Please contact us on 03000 266 590 or to book a place.

Free Admission this Christmas for all to the DLI

Boxing Day and New Year's Day 2016


Join us for this Christmas when we open our doors to everyone for FREE for two days only. Enjoy free admission on Boxing Day, 26 December and New Year's Day 2016.

In the Art Gallery, see the McDowall Collection of Neo-Romantic Art and experience our family-friendly interactive exhibition The Tree, The Caterpillar and The Butterfly. In the Museum don't miss our exhibition For Valour: Durham's World War One Soldiers Awarded the Victoria Cross or just pop into the DLI Coffee Shop for a gingerbread latte and a mince pie!

Christmas Opening Hours

Opening times are 10.30am-4.00pm

Monday 21 December - Closed

Tuesday 22 December - Open

Wednesday 23 December - Open

Thursday 24 December - Closed

Friday 25 December - Closed

Saturday 26 December - Open, FREE ENTRY

Sunday 27 December - Open

Monday 28 December - Open

Tuesday 29 December - Open

Wednesday 30 December - Open

Thursday 31 December - Open

New Year's Day - Open, FREE ENTRY

Saturday 2 January - Open

Sunday 3 January - Open

From Monday 4 January we return to our usual opening days of Wednesdays - Sundays only.

For Valour

Durham's World War One Soldiers Awarded the Victoria Cross

This exhibition remembers and commemorates the great acts of heroism of ten men who were born in County Durham or served with the Durham Light Infantry and received the Victoria Cross for their actions during the First World War. All ten men performed extraordinary acts of courage, risking, and in many cases losing, their own lives in the process.

The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy". It is the only award that can be made to any rank. In this exhibition you will be able to discover the extraordinary stories that led to its presentation to these men of Durham.

See a full list of events on the Durham County Council website.