Durham University Oriental Museum

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Elvet Hill
Durham City
County Durham
DH1 3TH

Tel: +44 0191 334 5694

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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.

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2015
  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • 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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    202
  • Very Good
    84
  • Average
    11
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    2

Recent Reviews:

  • 712dibley
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Fantastic museum - great for wheelchair users
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 12th October 2018
    What an amazing find! Great value too. Staff were very helpful, answering our questions. The museum came about in the 60's when Durham Uni had a large collection of Chinese items needing to be... Read full review
  • john e
    Gateshead, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Walk the silk road in just a few steps!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 7th October 2018
    So much to see from regions all around the silk road. My favorite items were the chinese pottery. Lovely little cafe too! Read full review
  • mjbelldawson
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Summer Day Out
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
    Lots of interesting artefacts wirh an area for children. The children's area has costumes, activities and colouring. My 7 year old grandson really enjoyed himself. Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (5 Jan 2018 - 21 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday12:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday12:00 - 17:00

Map & Directions

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Friday, 21st September 2018 - Friday, 21st December 2018

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Saturday, 27th October 2018 - Saturday, 27th October 2018

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Saturday, 10th November 2018 - Saturday, 10th November 2018

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Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Saturday, 1st December 2018

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Saturday, 15th December 2018 - Saturday, 15th December 2018

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Saturday, 22nd December 2018 - Saturday, 22nd December 2018

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Wednesday, 24th October 2018 - Wednesday, 24th October 2018

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Saturday, 3rd November 2018 - Saturday, 3rd November 2018

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Saturday, 8th December 2018 - Saturday, 8th December 2018

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Saturday, 8th December 2018 - Saturday, 8th December 2018

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Tuesday, 1st January 2019 - Thursday, 9th May 2019

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Tuesday, 1st January 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

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Saturday, 12th January 2019 - Saturday, 12th January 2019

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Saturday, 19th January 2019 - Saturday, 19th January 2019

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Saturday, 26th January 2019 - Saturday, 26th January 2019

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Saturday, 2nd February 2019 - Saturday, 2nd February 2019

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Saturday, 9th February 2019 - Saturday, 9th February 2019

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Saturday, 16th February 2019 - Saturday, 16th February 2019

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Tuesday, 19th February 2019 - Tuesday, 19th February 2019

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Wednesday, 20th February 2019 - Wednesday, 20th February 2019

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Friday, 22nd February 2019 - Friday, 22nd February 2019

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Saturday, 23rd February 2019 - Saturday, 23rd February 2019

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Saturday, 23rd February 2019 - Saturday, 23rd February 2019

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Saturday, 2nd March 2019 - Saturday, 2nd March 2019

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