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Durham University Oriental Museum

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Elvet Hill
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 334 5694

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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.


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2015
  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2014
  • 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


  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • SapphireGrammaticus
    Trip Type:
    Good trip for the family
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th February 2017
    The Oriental Museum is like the oriental rooms of the British Museum in miniature but even better for the kids, as more interactive and none of the crazy crowds. My children wonder around looking at... Read full review
  • 1234scott1234
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Well worth a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 6th February 2017
    Had been thinking of going here for a long time and glad I have eventually made the effort, the price was only £1.50 each and I have to say it was the best value for money I have spent in a long time... Read full review
  • Rachel F
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Delightfully suprising little museum in Durham
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 30th January 2017
    A surprising little museum in Durham, small but perfectly formed insight in Asian cultures. With a tiered layout you gradually descend through the different cultures with enough information on each... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Access Information

Opening Times

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

* Closed during Christmas period.

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Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 - Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

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Friday, 24th February 2017 - Friday, 24th February 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Magic MosaicsFind out about mosaics in the ancient world and create your own unique design from glass tiles to take home.
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Saturday, 25th February 2017 - Saturday, 25th February 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Crazy ClocksTake a look at our famous Chinese astronomical clock and create your own timepeice to take home.
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Saturday, 4th March 2017 - Saturday, 4th March 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Lovely LacquerFollow in the footsteps of Vietnamese craftspeople and create your own unique artwork using crushed egg shells.
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Saturday, 11th March 2017 - Saturday, 11th March 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Autism Friendly Early Bird OpeningVisitors with Autism, learning or sensory disabilities, together with their families and carers, are invited to an early bird opening, before the general public have access to the museum. Craft activities available too. Free entry.
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Saturday, 11th March 2017 - Saturday, 11th March 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Super SolidersLearn about the Chinese terracotta army, and make your own terracotta warrior from clay.
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Sunday, 12th March 2017 - Sunday, 12th March 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Holi FestivalWelcome the spring season to Durham with our Holi festival. The event will include timed powder throws with a free environmentally and skin-kind powder satchet of brightly coloured Holi powder for each participant. Alongside powder throws, there will also be free Holi craft activities and stories.
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Saturday, 18th March 2017 - Saturday, 18th March 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Super SphinxWith the head of a human and the body of a lion, the Ancient Egyptian sphinxes were terrifying! Come along and sculpt your own.
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Friday, 10th March 2017 - Friday, 10th March 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Touch Tour Visitors with visual impairments are invited to this curator-led touch tour of specially selected objects.
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Saturday, 25th March 2017 - Saturday, 25th March 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Terrific TilesCome and see the beautiful Middle Eastern tiles on display in the West Asia gallery and decorate your own porcelain tile to take home.
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Durham University Oriental Museum: In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himilayan Town, ShimlaA photographic exhibition portraying the natural and built spaces of Shimla Shimla is the capital of the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. Nursed on nostalgia, the British built Shimla (earlier 'Simla') as their ‘little version of...
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Friday, 11th November 2016 - Thursday, 30th March 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: A Forgotten CampaignFrom the mid-seventeenth century, Darfur was an independent Muslim kingdom in what is now western Sudan, ruled by a hereditary line of Sultans. When the British invaded Sudan in 1898 they did not extend their conquest into Darfur. However by 1916 restless British officers and officials stationed in...
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Friday, 9th December 2016 - Sunday, 21st May 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Dressed to Impress - netsuke and Japanese men's fashion A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories.
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