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 Good44
- DiemmyHanoi, Vietnamsmall but quite informativeMonday, 12th November 2018The museum opens till october only. I was lucky to be in Durham on a sunny November day so it's open. The museum locates in an old church and part of it was still there. Though small, it reflect a... Read full review
- Joseph MTrip Type:Solo travelAll things Durham!Saturday, 16th February 2019This museum is a must-see for anyone interested in history or in Durham. Just next to Durham cathedral on the historic North Bailey, the museum is inside an old church that is in itself well worth... Read full review
- steffer9Toronto, CanadaTrip Type:Solo travelWorth a LookWednesday, 6th March 2019I found this museum of interest to me for it;s salute to industry in/around Durham; not spectacular, with sound and light everywhere, but keeping to its stated purpose. This is another overlooked... 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.