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Oriental Museum

Elvet Hill
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 334 5694

Fax: +44 0191 334 5640

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The Oriental Museum is the only museum in northern Britain dedicated solely to the art and archaeology of the Orient.

The remarkable collections reveal to the visitor the history and pre-history of the great cultures of Asia, the Near and Middle East and North Africa. Highlights include one of the largest and finest collections of Chinese artefacts in Europe and an ancient Egyptian collection of international importance.

The permanent displays are complemented by an exciting programme of visiting exhibitions, which offer visitors a rare opportunity to explore differing aspects of modern and historical Asian material culture, art and archaeology.

New Japan gallery opnes to the public on 25th October 2013.

The only gallery of its kind in the north of England, it has been created in direct response to visitor interest in contemporary Japanese art and culture.

Dr Craig Barclay, Oriental Museum Curator, said: “The opening of this new gallery will provide people in the North of England with their first gallery dedicated solely to Japanese culture. We hope that the gallery, which will also act as a focus for events and temporary exhibition programmes, will provide local residents, tourists, school children and students with a unique opportunity to connect with the art and history of Japan.”

Within this new space, visitors will be able to see Edo Period wood block prints alongside anime movie cels; vintage kimono alongside modern street fashion and centuries old ceramics alongside pieces by 20th and 21st century masters. And of course, there will be samurai – to complement the historic arms and armour, the museum has purchased a completely new authentic set of Japanese samurai armour, made in traditional style specifically for this gallery.


  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2014

Opening Times

2014 (02/01/2014 - 23/12/2014)
Bank Holiday12:0017:00

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