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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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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In Charles Taylor’s monumental 2007 work ‘A Secular Age’ he sets out to answer two questions: What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? And, why (in the West) it was virtually impossible not to believe in God in the Middle Ages, while presently many of us not only find this easy, but even culturally inescapable?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fans were carried by men and women in all seasons in Korea. Find out why and make a traditional Korean paper fan.

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This is the best museum in Durham, small but perfectly formed... the exhibits are so intricate and beautiful.

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We were very impressed by the staff, quality of exhibits, child-friendly atmosphere and high standard of cleanliness

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What a lovely museum, a ten minute walk from city centre and only £1.50 entry... We thoroughly enjoyed our time.

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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

CBEEBIES TEACUP TRAVELS

Follow in the footsteps of Great Aunt Lizzie, and discover original artefacts as depicted in Charlotte and Elliot's Teacup Travel adventures, the brand new television series now on CBeebies.

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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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