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Store access and facilities

Getting to the Museum of Archaeology stores

The Museum of Archaeology's store and research facilties are housed a historic building situated in a unique location in an Old Fulling Mill on The Banks, Durham City, DH1 3EB.

Access to the stores

Access to the Museum's research collections is by appointment only. The historic nature of the building means there is limited disabled access to the building. The nearest public parking places are several hundred metres away in any direction. The pathway approaching the museum from both directions is tarmac, however from Silver Street visitors need to descend a flight of steps. There is a path down from Palace Green but this is on a steep incline. Winter visitors should be aware that there is only limited lighting along the paths and ice can be a problem. 

Parking for people with disabilities

We can arrange for disabled parking directly outside the museum entrance if we are notified in advance, so please do contact us if the approach to the museum stores is going to be difficult for you.

Wheelchair access

The entrance to the stores building is via a step, but once inside the ground floor is accessible. However, there is no access to the first floor. Toilets are provided but there is no disabled toilet. Due to the location and listed status of the building we are unable to undertake any major improvements in order to improve access. 

Assistance dogs

Guide and hearing dogs are welcome to accompany their owners. A water bowl can be provided. 

If you require more detailed access information, please contact us by email or by telephone +44 (0)191 334 5994 (please note that this phone number is for the Oriental Museum but staff will be able to assist you).

Access Statement

Download our full access statement here.