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The Museum of Archaeology's collections range from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. Our gallery charting the story of Durham is housed within Palace Green Library.

In line with Government advice, and to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, our museums and galleries remain closed. Stay in touch with the Museum of Archaeology on Instagram and Facebook.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Come to our family-friendly gallery, and discover the rich archaeological history of Durham from prehistoric times until the 21st century.


Enjoyable visit

The small but well thought out exhibition displays a good balance of artefacts for each relevant period..


10,000 years of Durham - enjoyable visit

Really enjoyed my visit here. The small but well thought out exhibition displays a good balance of artefacts for each relevant period. 


Relocated and much more modern

Now it is centrally located so is far more accessible.


A very interesting exhibition

The palace Green Library houses a superb exhibition. The Living on the Hills, 10,000 years of Durham exhibits are free to view and are well worth visiting.


Open to all


The Museum of Archaeology is currently closed until further notice.

The gallery is based in Palace Green Library and is usually open Monday, 12 – 5pm and Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Adults Free
Concessions Free
Children (over 5) Free
Infants Free
Durham University Campus Card holders Free


Our collections are available to anyone for research and to support teaching and lifelong learning. Our staff will be happy to help you.

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Live Online School Sessions

While the museum remains closed our Learning and Engagement Team are offering a range of interactive primary, secondary and post-16 sessions as live online 'virtual visits'.

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