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Durham University

Libraries and Special Collections in County Durham

Durham University Museums

There are three museums at Durham University: the Oriental Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and the Castle Museum.

The Oriental Museum boasts a huge range of artworks and archaeological artefacts from the great cultures of northern Africa and Asia; there are more than 32,000 objects, ranging in date from prehistory to the present day. The Ancient Egyptian and Chinese collections hold ‘Designated Status’ in recognition of their national and international importance.

The Museum of Archaeology is largely focused on the archaeology of North East England but the collection also includes national and international artefacts. Much of the collection was excavated by members of Durham University’s Department of Archaeology and is accompanied by detailed archival material.

The Castle Museum is part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds collections relating to the history of Durham Castle, the Prince Bishops, and University College as well as oil paintings, tapestries, arms and armour, silver, crockery and furniture.


Museum staff are happy to provide information on the collections, supply publication quality images, and arrange for research visits. If you are interested in using the collections for your research, please refer to the Durham University Museums Guidance for Researchers.

Opening times

The Oriental Museum

Monday - Friday, 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday - Sunday, 12.00 - 17.00

The Museum of Archaeology

'Living on the Hills', our new archaeology gallery, is now open within Palace Green Library.

Monday 12:00 - 17:00

Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

The Castle Museum

Access by guided tour. To book a tour go to:

Contact Durham University Museums

The Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum

Tel: +44 191 334 5694

Museum of Archaeology

Tel: +44 131 334 5694

Castle Museum

Tel: +44 191 3345694