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.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Child||£0.50 per ticket type|
|Concession||£1.50 per ticket type|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good34
- glasgowman01Glasgow, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyFriendly visitMonday, 24th April 2017This museum is in a converted church and the dampness of the church hangs in the air which gives the place a somewhat faded feel. The exhibits are good with some surprises but there is a sense of a... Read full review
- AbsfabRugeley, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesOdd but good !Sunday, 2nd April 2017Following a lovely walk around the Cathedral we made a visit to the museum. Quite small and cramped set in a church but wasn't too busy when we visited. Definitely worth a visit as it gives the... Read full review
- Andy TBradford, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelNever seemed to be openSaturday, 11th March 2017Despite it showing the opening times outside I went three times over three different days and was never opened though it was suggested to go on the castle tour disappointing. Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Dogs Accepted - Guide dogs only
|2017 June (1 June 2017 - 30 June 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||14:00||- 16:30|
|Bank Holiday||14:00||- 16:30|
|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.