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 Good43
- Frank SBognor Regis, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWell worth a visitMonday, 17th September 2018Does not seem like much from the outside, but you can learn a lot about the history of Durham, and enjoy a lovely old church at the same time. Read full review
- ACKER49Maidenhead, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayFascinatingTuesday, 18th September 2018I have been visiting Durham for more than 50 years, but learned a great deal on this visit. From early to more recent history Read full review
- 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
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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.