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 Good39
- HolidayForUsBath, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesSmall but interestingMonday, 18th September 2017The entrance fee is £2.50 for adults, which is very reasonable. This is a relatively small museum documenting the development of Durham through the ages from Medieval times to the present day. There... Read full review
- georgeandmary2017Taunton, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesA very worthwhile project.Tuesday, 29th August 2017Discovered this by accident due to road to cathedral being closed. What a delightful surprise! A very warm and knowledgeable welcome. Wonderful history which recognises in part the real people of the... Read full review
- Steve HNorth Yorkshire, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGreat little museum.Thursday, 24th August 2017This museum is definitely a hidden gem. We wish we had longer to spend there. Although it is small in size it is packed full of really interesting things all displayed in wonderful ways. It is very... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Dogs Accepted - Guide dogs only
|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.