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Durham University

Art Collection

Plan your visit

Preparing to welcome you back

Our museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed until early 2021.

The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority. We will only reopen when we’re sure we have all the necessary safety measures in place. We will be using the closed period to carry out improvements at all our sites.

While we are closed we will continue to:

  • Develop new online exhibitions and learning resources for users to engage with from anywhere in the world

  • Catalogue and digitise more of our collections and share them online via our online database Discover

  • Develop and deliver university teaching programmes, adapting them to an online/blended approach

  • Continue to support students and community through digital volunteering opportunities and virtual placements

  • Support academic and community researchers worldwide using our subject expertise and knowledge of the collections

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible.

The Gallery

Please note: The gallery is curretly closed for refurbishment.

The Gallery is located within the historic buildings of Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city. Entry to the gallery is free.

You can also explore the other exhibitions, see the historic libraries and research the collections. Plan your visit and find out about our facilities.

Opening Hours

Location and Directions



Art on Campus

As well as the regularly changing exhibitions in The Gallery, the art collection is on display in buildings around the university campus.

The displays in the Palatine Centre include artworks that investigate different notions of print making by artists, including multiple works by Sandra Blow, Sonia Delauney, Andy Warhol, Barbara Hepworth, Gary Hume, Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore alongside Damien Hirst, Fay Pomerance and David Venables.

Entrance is free of charge, there’s no need to book in advance. The Palatine Centre has a café and toilet facilities, but no dedicated public carpark. The address is: The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE.

Art Tours of the collection are available on demand and where possible, for further information contact

Palace Green Library

Gallery Opening hours

Day Opening hours
Monday - Sunday
10am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Museum of Archaeology
Day Opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday
12 - 5pm every Monday (Little Bookworms held at 10.30am)
10am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Barker Research Library Opening Hours

Day Opening hours
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday
The Barker Research Library is normally closed at weekends.


You can use this interactive map of the University to locate Palace Green Library and the Palatine Centre.

University map