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Welcome to the
Oriental
Museum

From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Find out how Christmas is celebrated around the world and make your own Christmas decorations to take home.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

2020 is the Lunar New Year of the Rat! Get ready for the festivities and make Chinese lanterns and paper cuts to decorate the Museum, ready for our Lantern Festival in February!

Reviews

Beautifully kept and presented. Lots of interesting artefacts. They say good things come in little packages and this proves the point!

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Excellent value for money and well laid out displays and exhibits. Fascinating information explaining various cultures. 

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Lot's to see, very easy to guide your way around... The staff were also super friendly. Nice little gift shop as well. 

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Brilliant place. We attended the Holi Festival - what a lovely atmosphere and excellent family fun!

OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION

OPEN TO ALL

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The Oriental Museum is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12pm - 5pm.

Adults £1.50
Over 60s 75p
Children (5 and over) 75p
Infants Free

Family
(2 adults, 3 children)

£3.50
Friends, Students, Durham University, Armed Forces, Museums Association, Art Fund Free

Why not take advantage of our special offer? Visit both the Botanic Garden and Oriental Museum on the same day and save money on entry to both. Find out more.

THE PLEASURES AND PAINS OF COLLECTING

To mark the 50th anniversary of the acquisition of the Malcolm Macdonald collection of Chinese ceramics, the Oriental Museum has launched a book charting the fascinating life of politician, diplomat, collector and former Durham University Chancellor, Rt Hon Malcolm MacDonald.

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LEARNING

Find out more about our wide range of school visits, from Lunar New Year for KS1 to Japanese manga for A-level. All visits can be tailored to your needs.

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