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The Oriental Museum, Durham, County Durham

The Oriental Museum
Elvet Hill
County Durham

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The Oriental Museum is the only museum in northern Britain dedicated solely to the art and archaeology of the Orient.

The remarkable collections reveal to the visitor the history and pre-history of the great cultures of Asia, the Near and Middle East and North Africa. Highlights include one of the largest and finest collections of Chinese artefacts in Europe and an ancient Egyptian collection of international importance.

The permanent displays are complemented by an exciting programme of visiting exhibitions, which offer visitors a rare opportunity to explore differing aspects of modern and historical Asian material culture, art and archaeology.

The newly refurbished Marvels of China is now open to the public. Designed with families and young people in mind, the gallery aims to provide an introduction to Chinese culture through the ages covering topics from families to festivals, silk to scholars. Work is continuing on our second Chinese gallery, due for completion in November 2011.

The Egypt Education Gallery is now closed so that the refurbishment of this gallery can begin. Our schools programme will continue, making use of our Egyptian Art gallery.

Durham University’s new Visitor Attraction Pass allows you to experience a visit to the Oriental Museum, together with Durham Castle, the Botanic Garden, and the Old Fulling Mill, Museum of Archaeology, all for 1 set price. This will allow 1 day entry into each of the venues at any point within a 3 month period from the date of purchase (subject to venue opening hours). An ideal gift idea the pass is available to purchase from each of the venues, at Durham Tourist Information Centre or online


Months Open: Open Daily, Mon-Fri 1000-1700, Sat,Sun, Bank Hol 1200-1700. Closed Xmas and New Year
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Admission Price: See website
Gift Shop: Yes
Catering: Refreshments

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