To provide you with the best experience, cookies are used on this site. Find out more here.

Allow cookies

Durham University Oriental Museum

From £0.00
Elvet Hill
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 334 5694

Add Durham University Oriental Museum to your Itinerary

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

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Average
  • Poor
  • Terrible

Recent Reviews:

  • 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
  • Davids-girl61
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Worth a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd December 2017
    We came to Durham in the summer this year and visited the museum which was a bit of a walk from our bed and breakfast in the centre of Durham but really worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours... Read full review
  • Charmaine B
    Trip Type:
    School visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th November 2017
    Visited today with a group of special needs pupils - staff were amazing and completely understood the group. Activities were planned well and appropriate to the level of the children Would highly... Read full review



  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (5 Jan 2017 - 21 Dec 2017)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday12:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday12:00 - 17:00

* Due to essential maintenance the Museum will close at 17:00 Thurs 21 Dec 2017, reopening Mon 15 Jan.

Map & Directions

You May Also Like...

Saturday, 16th December 2017 - Saturday, 16th December 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Christmas Around the WorldFind out how Christmas is celebrated around the world and make your own Christmas decorations to take home.
more info

Saturday, 20th January 2018 - Saturday, 20th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Perfect PotsFind your favourite Chinese pot in the Oriental Museum galleries and then decorate your own plate.
more info

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

Durham University Oriental Museum: Marvellous MusicExplore our new exhibition Music and Imagination,  listen to some Indian classical music and make your own musical instrument to take home.
more info

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

Durham University Oriental Museum: Shipwreck ArchaeologyDid you know that some objects at the Oriental Museum were found on a shipreck? Find out about marine archaeology and make a ship to take home.  
more info

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

Durham University Oriental Museum: Vote For VictoryIn 1918, all men, and some women over 30 won the right to vote for the first time.  Vote for your favourite museum animal and make an election badge.  
more info

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

Durham University Oriental Museum: Crazy Canopic JarsMake your own Ancient Egyptian canopic jar, complete with blood and guts!
more info

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

Durham University Oriental Museum: Lunar New Year Celebrations: The Year Of The DogCelebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year festivities and make your own fluffy dog to take home.
more info

Friday, 20th October 2017 - Thursday, 21st December 2017

Durham University Oriental Museum: Beauty and Diplomacy: the Malcolm MacDonald CollectionsCreated in collaboration with the University of Leeds White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, this exhibition celebrates the diplomat Malcolm MacDonald’s friendships with world leaders, master craftsmen, antique dealers and even Borneo head-hunters.
more info

Friday, 29th September 2017 - Sunday, 28th January 2018

Durham University Oriental Museum: Resilience within the RubbleThe 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, not only caused human devastation, but was also a cultural catastrophe. It damaged and destroyed much of Nepal’s unique cultural heritage, including monuments within the UNESCO Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.
more info

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

Durham University Oriental Museum: Jazzy JewelleryTake inspiration from the jewellery on display and make a bracelet to take home.  
more info

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.
more info

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.
more info

Friday, 9th February 2018 - Sunday, 9th September 2018

hills are highDurham University Oriental Museum: Hills are HighAn exhibition by curator/photographer Lauren Barnes, illustrating the everyday lives of South Koreans over the course of a single year.
more info

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

Music and ImaginationDurham University Oriental Museum: Khyal: Music and ImaginationKhyal: Music and Imagination” is an AHRC-funded project based at Durham University which explores the relationship between Indian music and the visual imagination.  Khyal is the name of a vocal musical genre from India. The name means “imagination”. This imagination can be heard in the intricate...
more info

What's Nearby

  1. Set in countryside and mature woodland. Plant collections from North America, Himalayas...

    0.27 miles away
  2. Discover the hidden history of Durham Cathedral with one of our regular guided tours....

    0.69 miles away
  3. Thought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England, with...

    0.69 miles away
  1. Local history museum housed in historic church near cathedral. Tells the story of Durham...

    0.72 miles away
  2. Visitors to Durham's UNESCO World Heritage Site can discover the history of the Durham...

    0.78 miles away
  3. Living on the Hills - 10,000 years of Durham. This permanent exhibition uses objects from...

    0.78 miles away
  4. Durham Castle is part of the Durham City World Heritage Site. Entrance by guided tour...

    0.82 miles away
  5. Bertie's Play Barn is a popular stay and play facility in the heart of Durham City!

    0.92 miles away
  6. Heritage building and events venue

    0.93 miles away
  7. City centre park with breath-taking views from the battlements of Durham Castle,...

    1.16 miles away
  8. Medieval hall with Jacobean drawing room, turret and gallery, set in 4 acres of gardens,...

    1.28 miles away
  9. Discover a world of family adventures at Adventure Valley, the North East’s biggest...

    3.5 miles away
  10. Ushaw is set in the beautiful Durham countryside and houses architectural gems by...

    3.61 miles away
  11. Research and Study Centre housing DLI research library and over 10,000 objects, available...

    3.86 miles away
  12. The very extensive remains of a 13thC priory, founded on the site of a retired pirate's...

    4.08 miles away
  13. Historic parkland with resident deer, ornamental lake, children's playground and Grade II...

    4.47 miles away
Previous Next

Search What's Nearby

Product Type
Within miles