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Museum of

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.

Pre-booking is required. Free entry to visitors. Visit our webpages for more information.

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Friday, June 18, 2021
Exploring 1000 years of Durham history
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Enjoy our new special exhibition exploring the rich prehistoric and Roman archaeology of Durham

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Picturing the Romans invites you to explore the daily life of Romans through images found on Samian Ware, a type of decorated Roman pottery.

You will discover how this pottery was produced and the way people lived thousands of years ago through objects they left behind.

Opening 9th June 2022


Little gem

A very pleasing exhibit that is well worth taking a look at if you are in the cathedral district..


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 open Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm. We will be closed on Friday 3 June for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

Free entry to all our visitors.

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

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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