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Durham University Oriental Museum

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Elvet Hill
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 334 5694

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Durham University Oriental Museum

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


  • 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


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • doreen688
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Interesting museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 20th January 2018
    Interesting museum with lots for children to see and do. Had a wonderful timr it is close to Durham city with easy access. Read full review
  • James Q
    Kendal, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A very different museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 22nd December 2017
    The oriental museum is a fascinating place and well worth visiting although it is a little off the beaten track. There are lots of interesting exhibits set out over three levels which are accessed... Read full review
  • farwriter
    London, United Kingdom
    World-class collection
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 5th December 2017
    Wow, what an incredible collection. I graduated from Durham University 20 years ago, used to live down the road from this museum and have visited the city every year since I left, but I am ashamed... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Access Information

Opening Times

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

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Saturday, 27th January 2018 - Saturday, 27th January 2018

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Saturday, 3rd February 2018 - Saturday, 3rd February 2018

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Saturday, 10th February 2018 - Saturday, 10th February 2018

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018 - Wednesday, 14th February 2018

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Friday, 16th February 2018 - Friday, 16th February 2018

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Saturday, 24th February 2018 - Saturday, 24th February 2018

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Saturday, 24th February 2018 - Saturday, 24th February 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Lunar New Year Celebration: Special Late Night OpeningJoin us for a late night opening at the Oriental Museum, to mark the Lunar New Year.  For one night only, see the Museum lit only by lanterns.  Try fantastic crafts, sample delicious New Year food and drink, listen to stories and go on a gallery hunt.  First 100 children receive a free lantern.
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Saturday, 24th March 2018 - Saturday, 24th March 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Accessible Touch TourVisitors with visual impairments and their families are invited to join this special touch tour.  With the help of our expert curators, visitors will be able to handle objects from the museum's collections from West Asia including Syria, Iraq and Iran.
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Friday, 9th February 2018 - Sunday, 9th September 2018

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Friday, 19th January 2018 - Sunday, 3rd June 2018

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