Relive the story of Durham from medieval times to the 20th century in this excellent local history museum. Enjoy models of the medieval city and the 19th century Market Place and explore the reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell.
Displays describe the origins and development of the city and there are many fascinating objects that illustrate everyday life, social life and the lost trades and industries. A recent addition to the collections is a pair of stained glass panels depicting Cecily de Neville and the Richard Duke of York the parents of Richard III, originally at Brancepeth Castle.
The museum is situated in an historic Grade I Listed building, close to the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, once the parish church of the North Bailey It was rebuilt in the 17th century and retains impressive woodwork from that period. The churchyard is now the museum garden and contains two important sculptures, St Cuthbert and Gaia by the renowned artist Fenwick Lawson.
A visit to the Museum with its stimulating exhibitions, models, hands-on activities and videos is the perfect introduction to Durham.
The museum has a selection of replica brasses from English churches to allow you to make a unique rubbing.
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|Child||£0.50 per ticket type|
|Concession||£2.00 per ticket type|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good36
- traveller1926SheffieldTrip Type:Solo travelVery interestingThursday, 17th August 2017A small museum with lots of interesting exhibits that are well displayed. You can also do brass rubbings. Coffee and drinks are dispensed by a machine and you can sit inside or outside in the small... Read full review
- honeysrascalMerthyr Tydfil, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayPacked with interest!Monday, 14th August 2017This is not a large site but it contains so much and has lovely people looking after it. It is only a short stroll from Durham Cathedral and gives a good overview of local heritage and history. We... Read full review
- Andrea RDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyOutstandingTuesday, 8th August 2017This is wonderful experience for art appreciatives. I could have spent the day admiring the many prices of art. In fact it is possibly the vast amount of prices I've experienced. It's disabled... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Dogs Accepted - Guide dogs only
|2017 Jul-Sep (1 July 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||11:00||- 16:30|
|Bank Holiday||11:00||- 16:30|
|2017 Oct (3 Oct 2017 - 25 Oct 2017)|
|Saturday - Sunday||14:00||- 16:30|
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A690. Follow the A690 into Durham City.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Durham Station. Follow signs to city centre. From Market Place turn right into Saddler Street and continue to North Bailey. The museum is facing the east end of the cathedral.