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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.

The Oriental Museum will re-open to the public on 19 May 2021, in line with the Government’s planned roadmap out of lockdown, with pre-booking required and free entry to visitors.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Join us every Wednesday from 10am, as we offer our under 5s Little Dragons club via free live streaming. Find out how to join in with Little Dragons online from your own home.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lu Xun (1881-1936) is the pen name of the revolutionary Chinese writer Zhou Shuren.

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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

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As of 19 May 2021, the Oriental Museum will be open on WednesdayFriday between 10am-4pm and SaturdaySunday between 12pm-4pm for pre-booked visits. The museum will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to allow staff to continue their university teaching commitments.

Currently, we are offering free entry to all our visitors. Click the links below to make a booking for your day of choice this week (bookings are released each Monday for the week ahead):

Wednesday

10am-4pm

Thursday

10am-4pm

Friday

10am-4pm

Saturday

12pm-4pm

Sunday

12pm-4pm



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

While the museum remains closed 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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