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||£1.00 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 Good52
- suzyandpaul888London, United KingdomGreat and informative museumMonday, 14th October 2019Covers from St.Cuthberts time through to modern days including their mining history. Lots of photos and interesting exhibits including a prison cell and stocks! Situated in an old church which has... Read full review
- Mobile35942195053Bristol, United KingdomInformative historic background to Durham...Saturday, 9th November 2019Friendly welcome, this was a very informative visit where its best to view the video first and then explore the museum. An authentic look at the history and genuine artefacts connected to Durham to... Read full review
- Linda FLiverpool, United KingdomLovely little museum to visit.Monday, 19th July 2021Very interesting museum to visit with lots of interesting facts about Durham, how it became the place it is now. Only a small museum, but nevertheless good to visit. The staff were friendly and... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Dogs Accepted - Guide dogs only
|2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* From Saturday 22nd May until October 2021, the museum will be open at weekends and on bank holidays from 11am to 4.30pm.
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.