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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 is now open to the public in line with the Government’s planned roadmap out of lockdown, with pre-booking required and free entry to visitors.Click here for the latest news
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Pioneering archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon (1906-1978) excavated at the site of Ancient Jericho and established it as one of the oldest cities in the world.
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
OPEN TO ALL
As of 19 May 2021, the Oriental Museum will be open on Wednesday – Friday between 10am-4pm and Saturday – Sunday 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.
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.