Durham University Oriental Museum
Tel: +44 0191 334 5691
Explore Ancient Egypt and Western Asia, the Himalayas, China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia all in one museum.
The Oriental Museum is devoted to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of North Africa and Asia. Objects on display range in date from prehistoric to contemporary art works. Visitors can see ancient Egyptian mummies, Chinese porcelain created for the imperial court, Japanese woodblock prints and head-hunting swords from Borneo.
The museum is laid out geographically so you can focus on one area or range across whole continents. Activities for families spread throughout the museum including dressing up, colouring, games and puzzles. We also have regularly changing themed trails around the museum aimed at different age groups from Under 5s to adults. The galleries have plenty of seating areas and the museum is fully accessible.
In addition to our permanent galleries the museum hosts a regularly changing programme of special exhibitions related to the collections together with talks, art workshops and special evening events.
**At present - admission for ALL visitors is free (though spaces must be pre-booked)**
- VAQAS VB Attraction
- Visit England VAQAS 2021
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2015
- Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2017
- Regional and Miscellaneous North East England Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Highly Commended 2015
- Regional and Miscellaneous Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
- Regional and Miscellaneous Northern Saints Trails Passport 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good95
- Mobile519904Enjoyable visitSaturday, 29th April 2023Although I have lived in County Durham all my life and worked in the City, this is the first time I have visited the museum. I very much enjoyed the visit, helpful staff and informative information... Read full review
- 1999mishaEdinburgh, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesFour Floors of Fascinating ExhibitsTuesday, 23rd May 2023What a fantastic place for an afternoon visit. So much to see and learn. A gem of a place hidden amongst the university buildings. Behind the unassuming entrance lies 4 floors of awesome Oriental... Read full review
- Rebecca CTrip Type:Friends getawayHidden gem that's freeSunday, 28th May 2023Unusual place as you enter on the top floor. There are 3 floors below that are accessible by lift if you can't manage stairs. Interesting exhibits, and enjoyed learning about different times in... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- Parking (free)
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|Tuesday - Wednesday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Saturday - Sunday||12:00||- 17:00|
|Bank Holiday||12:00||- 17:00|
* Closed 24 December - 6 January