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|
|Adult||£2.50 per ticket type|
|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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good46
- B STrip Type:CouplesSweet little museumFriday, 19th April 2019We had a look at the exhibits in this nice, informative museum which is in an old church just by the cathedral. We also watched some of the made-in-the-early-2000s video upstairs in the gallery... Read full review
- Timothy SCute museum in Durham city centreSunday, 5th May 2019Lovely little museum, covering the history of the city. Friendly staff and a charming little garden at the side. The video is entertaining, if a little dated. You’ll learn lots about this beautiful... Read full review
- Linda SHalifax, United KingdomFull filled a long awaited visit to the CathedralFriday, 17th May 2019We spent a whole day here. Unfortunantly not every where was accessible to my wobbly legged husband, but this is just something we a learning about, probably more experienced disabled travellers may... Read full review
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- Dogs Accepted - Guide dogs only
|Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
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.