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Durham University Oriental Museum

From £0.00
Elvet Hill
Durham City
County Durham
DH1 3TH

Tel: +44 0191 334 5694

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Durham University Oriental Museum

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£1.50 per ticket type
Child£0.75 per ticket type
Concession (over 60s)£0.75 per ticket type
Family (2+3)£3.50 per ticket type
Students and under 5'sFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2015
  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousNorth East England Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Highly Commended North East England Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Highly Commended 2015

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    163
  • Very Good
    79
  • Average
    10
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    2

Recent Reviews:

  • Travelingjohn123
    Peterlee, United Kingdom
    Nice little museum
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 11th October 2017
    Nice little museum on outskirts of Durham. It sounds very specialist and I thought it would be dry, academic and boring but it really is an interesting place to spend an hour. Good variety of... Read full review
  • Simonr1295
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    What a lovely little museum- with loads of activities for kidd
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 23rd September 2017
    We had some time to spare during the Durham University Open Day so we took a quick detour to the Oriental Museum. It really is a liitle gem, with collections of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian... Read full review
  • elaineriding3
    Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Fantastic for the partially and fully sighted
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 13th September 2017
    I recently visited the museum with my retired teacher, partially-sighted Mum and far from it being the usual chore of trying to read everything out and trying to match the exhibits with a number, we... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Access Information

Opening Times

2017 (5 Jan 2017 - 23 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday12:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday12:00 - 17:00

* Closed during Christmas period.

Map & Directions

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Wednesday, 25th October 2017 - Wednesday, 25th October 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Celebrate Science: The Clever CompassCelebrate Science: The Clever Compass.  See our amazing Chinese compass and make your own to take home.
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Saturday, 28th October 2017 - Saturday, 28th October 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Super SpooksFind out about the monsters and demons in the oriental museum collections and make your own spooky bat puppet to take home.
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Friday, 20th October 2017 - Friday, 20th October 2017

Diwali - Special Late Night OpeningCelebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with this special late night opening. Try fun crafts and listen to traditional Indian stories. The Museum will be decorated in spectacular style and the first 100 children receive a free flower garland.
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Saturday, 21st October 2017 - Saturday, 21st October 2017

Oriental Museum - SUSHI!Find out about food in Japan and make your own designer paper sushi. Free entry today.
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Friday, 27th October 2017 - Friday, 27th October 2017

Oriental Museum - Walk Like An EgyptianDress like a pharaoh and make your own Ancient Egyptian crown and amulet to take home.
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Friday, 20th October 2017 - Friday, 20th October 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: DiwaliThis October come and celebrate the much loved Hindu festival of Diwali at the Oriental Museum! Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with this special late night opening.
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Saturday, 18th November 2017 - Saturday, 18th November 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Celebrating Lumiere!Welcoming the spectacular Lumiere festival back to Durham, come along and make a jam jar lantern. Drop in (any time between 1 and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated. This activity is included in the Museum admission price and is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11.
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Saturday, 4th November 2017 - Saturday, 4th November 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: The Ancient Indus Valley PeopleExplore some of the oldest objects in the Oriental Museum collection from the Indus Valley and make an Indus wheeled cart. Advice for parents and caregivers: Drop in (any time between 1 and 3 pm). This activity is included in the Museum admission price and is generally suitable for children aged 5...
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Saturday, 11th November 2017 - Saturday, 11th November 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Awesome EgyptiansDecode a secret hieroglyph message and create your own cartouche, just like the Ancient Egyptians!
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Saturday, 18th November 2017 - Saturday, 18th November 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Family Friendly Touch Tour - Special EventEnjoy this special curator-led object handling session. Get hands on with Hindu, Sikh, Islamic and Buddhist objects from the Oriental Museum's collections. Ever wanted to get closer to museum objects? Join us for this special handling session.
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Saturday, 25th November 2017 - Saturday, 25th November 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Go Go Go!Enjoy an afternoon learning to play the ancient Chinese game of Go. We have teamed up with Durham Go Club for a special afternoon of board game fun. With expert tutors, learn how to play the ancient Chinese game of Go, and pick up a free Go set to take home (while stocks last).
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Saturday, 16th December 2017 - Saturday, 16th December 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Christmas Around the WorldFind out how Christmas is celebrated around the world and make your own Christmas decorations to take home.
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Saturday, 2nd December 2017 - Saturday, 2nd December 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Drawing a CrowdAre you ready for our super drawing challenge?  Wake up your creativity, pick up a clipboard from reception and sharpen those pencils!
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Saturday, 9th December 2017 - Saturday, 9th December 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Wiggly WormsSee the Chinese silk robes we have on display and make a wiggly silkworm to take home.  
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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018 - Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Trunks and TusksSpot some elephant objects in the galleries and make your own elephant mask.
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Saturday, 6th January 2018 - Saturday, 6th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Awesome ArchaeologyFind out what happened when an earthquake struck Nepal in 2015, and how archaeologists helped reconstruct an ancient building, then make your own archaeologists trowell!
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Friday, 5th January 2018 - Friday, 5th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Mysterious MummiesMake your own Ancient Egyptian mummy and sarcphagus to take home.
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Saturday, 13th January 2018 - Saturday, 13th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Magnificent MasksNoh theatre is a traditional art form in Japan.  See our new collection of amazing hand carved Noh masks and make your own mask to take home.  
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Saturday, 13th January 2018 - Saturday, 13th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Dementia-Friendly Touch Tour: A Feast For The SensesVisitors with dementia and their caregivers are invited to a special touch tour event.  Visitors will be able to handle objects from the museum collections which stimulate the senses, and chat to our curators. 
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Saturday, 20th January 2018 - Saturday, 20th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Perfect PotsFind your favourite Chinese pot in the Oriental Museum galleries and then decorate your own plate.
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Saturday, 27th January 2018 - Saturday, 27th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Marvellous MusicExplore our new exhibition Music and Imagination,  listen to some Indian classical music and make your own musical instrument to take home.
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Saturday, 3rd February 2018 - Saturday, 3rd February 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Shipwreck ArchaeologyDid you know that some objects at the Oriental Museum were found on a shipreck? Find out about marine archaeology and make a ship to take home.  
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Saturday, 10th February 2018 - Saturday, 10th February 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Vote For VictoryIn 1918, all men, and some women over 30 won the right to vote for the first time.  Vote for your favourite museum animal and make an election badge.  
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Wednesday, 14th February 2018 - Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Crazy Canopic JarsMake your own Ancient Egyptian canopic jar, complete with blood and guts!
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Friday, 16th February 2018 - Friday, 16th February 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Lunar New Year Celebrations: The Year Of The DogCelebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year festivities and make your own fluffy dog to take home.
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Friday, 20th October 2017 - Sunday, 14th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Beauty and Diplomacy: the Malcolm MacDonald CollectionsCreated in collaboration with the University of Leeds White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, this exhibition celebrates the diplomat Malcolm MacDonald’s friendships with world leaders, master craftsmen, antique dealers and even Borneo head-hunters.
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Friday, 29th September 2017 - Sunday, 28th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Resilience within the RubbleThe 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, not only caused human devastation, but was also a cultural catastrophe. It damaged and destroyed much of Nepal’s unique cultural heritage, including monuments within the UNESCO Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.
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