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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, July 2, 2022

See how artists make elephants and leopards leap across the canvas in our new Indian art exhibition and make your own animal action flip book.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Join us for a creative workshop with artist Wendy Parkin.

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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Oriental Museum is currently open:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am-5pm
  • Thursday between 10am to 7pm
  • Saturday and Sunday between 12pm-5pm
  • Closed on Friday 3 June for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

Currently, we are offering free entry to all our visitors.

Bookings are now open - make a booking here.

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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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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