Durham University Oriental Museum

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Elvet Hill
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 334 5691

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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


  • Visit EnglandVAQAS VAQAS 2019
  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2015
  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2017
  • 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
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTrip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • 191daves
    Spennymoor, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 9th October 2019
    son loved this staff great lots of interesting stuff and very reasonable entry prices. Not sure how often the exhibits change bit definitely worth a visit Read full review
  • Helen-was-here
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Wonderful museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 18th October 2019
    Really enjoyed my visit to the museum, some great artefacts, can recommend. Different sections for different countries and it also incorporates in some modern representations. Read full review
  • 3000panda
    A lovely place to see objects from the east
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 6th November 2019
    The oriental museum is not huge, but has a mass of objects from the tiniest to huge displays. They are well set out, to see timelines and regions. You will always learn something. very educational... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (5 Jan 2019 - 21 Dec 2019)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday12:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday12:00 - 17:00

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Thursday, 26th September 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Saturday, 23rd November 2019

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Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Saturday, 30th November 2019

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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

Super Sea Creatures : Oriental MuseumCome and see the Coral Eye sculpture by Korean artist Myung Nam An and create your own super sea creature. Drop in (any time between 1 and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated. This activity is included in the Museum admission price and is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11.
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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Powerful Puzzles : Oriental MuseumSee a Chinese puzzle ball on display so complicated, it was known as 'the devil's work' - then craft your own fiendish puzzle to take home. Advice for parents and caregivers: drop in (any time between 1 and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated. FOr children aged 5-11 years.
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Saturday, 4th January 2020 - Saturday, 4th January 2020

Fabulous Fans : Oriental MuseumFans mean al lot more than just keeping cool. Explore the fans on display then make your own.  13:00 - 15:00
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Saturday, 18th January 2020 - Saturday, 18th January 2020

Oriental Museum: Super Sun PrintsBeautiful Butterflies : Oriental MuseumSee a Janpanese kimono decorated with butterflies and make your own beautiful butterfly suncatcher. 13:00 - 15:00
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Saturday, 25th January 2020 - Saturday, 25th January 2020

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Saturday, 21st December 2019 - Saturday, 21st December 2019

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Saturday, 1st February 2020 - Saturday, 1st February 2020

Awesome Archaeology Awesome Archaeology: Oriental MuseumLots of objects at the Oriental Museum were found by archaeologists. Explore the stories behind some special objects and make an archaeology game. 13:00 - 15:00
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Saturday, 8th February 2020 - Saturday, 8th February 2020

Oriental Museum: Wonderful WeavingWonderful Weaving: Oriental MuseumFrom baskets to saris, lots of objects around us are woven. Come along and try your hand at nature weaving. 13:00 - 15:00
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Saturday, 15th February 2020 - Saturday, 15th February 2020

Gorgeous Glass: Oriental MuseumDecorate a glass jar with your favourite colours. 13:00 - 15:00
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