**Following Government advice, the Museum of Archaeology is temporarily closed. You can still enjoy a range of online content from across our collections. We will be using the closed period to carry out improvements at all our sites**
Explore 10,000 years of Durham in the permanent displays of the Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library. Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham includes some of the most important and historically significant objects from the Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore what happened to Durham and the local area over the last 10,000 years.
Living on the Hills explores the lives of people who have lived and visited Durham through the tools and everyday objects they used, and the art and architecture they left behind. Discover objects found by chance and those uncovered by careful archaeological excavation, and enjoy children’s activities around the gallery to bring the past to life - touch, dress up and even smell Durham as it once was.
For more information on What's On at the Museum of Archaeology see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology.museum/whatson/?id=34821
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good17
- sheepygoldlondonTrip Type:Solo travelRelocated and much more modernSunday, 25th March 2018Until recently this museum was located in a mill on the river. Now it is centrally located so is far more accessible. It is small and well laid out covering Durham from prehistoric days to modernity... Read full review
- Anthony445Montrose, Scotland, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesLookng BackTuesday, 14th August 2018They have recently unearthed bodies f Scottish Solders under the earth where they were to build the new Café. An extensive collection of evidence has been unearthed of Durham's dark secret. The... Read full review
- bluelizardN WalesTrip Type:Solo travel10,000 years of Durham - enjoyable visitSaturday, 12th January 2019Really enjoyed my visit here. The small but well thought out exhibition displays a good balance of artefacts for each relevant period. My favourite periods in history are the Romans and Vikings of... Read full review
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Map & Directions
There is no direct vehicle access to Palace Green Library. Durham City is served by three Park and Ride sites on the key routes into the city. These are situated at Belmont, Sniperley and Howlands. A direct bus service runs every 10 minutes to the city centre from each site.
Public Transport Directions
Walk: Palace Green Library is a five minute walk from Durham Market Place in the city centre. From the Market Place, turn on to Saddler Street and follow the road upwards. Turn onto Owengate, which is the first street on your right. Owengate leads onto Palace Green, the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site. Palace Green Library is on the far side of Palace Green. Follow the pathway around the green, past the entrance to Durham Castle. Palace Green Library is the building adjacent to Durham Castle on the left.
Trains to Palace Green Library: The nearest train station to Palace Green Library is Durham, which is well served by trains from most major centres in the country. The walk from the train station is about 15-20 minutes. Buses and taxis are also available from the train station.
The Cathedral bus service runs to Palace Green, which departs from the train station at 10, 30 and 50 minutes past the hour from 09:10 – 17:10, Monday to Saturday. For more information and timetables, visit the Durham Cathedral Bus website.
Travelling to Durham city centre by bus: Durham Bus Station on North Road offers bus services as far afield as Newcastle, South Shields, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stanhope, Consett and the Gateshead MetroCentre shopping complex. Walking from Durham Bus StationDurham Bus Station is a 15 minute walk from Palace Green Library. Exit the bus station onto North Road. Turn left and follow North Road down, continuing on to Framwellgate Bridge. Turn left onto Silver Street and follow the road upwards to Durham Market Place. Directions from the Market Place are given above.