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Oriental Museum

 Welcome to the Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of Britain devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the Orient. Our Chinese and Egyptian collections are among the finest to be found anywhere in Britain.


Visitors can explore galleries devoted to China, Ancient Egypt, Korea, Japan, India and Tibet, the Islamic World and South East Asia. Use the links on the left to help you find information to plan your visit or explore our collections

Traces and Revelations

Come and see the thought-provoking new exhibition by internationally renowned Palestinian artists Hazem Harb and Mohammed Joha. 

Find out more on our exhibitions page

Family Fun 

Keep the family happy this Spring with a trip to the Oriental Museum to take part in our free family activities. 

Find out more on our What's On page.

Family Activities


Visit our What's on page for information about our family activities. Come along and enjoy our children's craft activities every Saturday afternoon.

Find out about our weekly club 'The Little Dragons', especially for 0-5 year olds.


Current exhibitions


Reinterpreting the Korean Moon Jar 

28 February - 13 July 2014

An installation by Korean artist Hyosun Kim within the Korean Gallery at the Oriental Museum.


The copper plates from Kollam: using a 9th century legal document to explore the medieval Indian Ocean World

6th January - 27th April 2014


Traces and Revelations

4th April 2014 - 5th October 2014

Mohammed Joha and Hazem Harb are artists who were both born in Gaza, Palestine. This exhibition explores the work of these two exciting contemporary artists.


Shifting Sands

4th April 2014 - 5th October 2014

This is an exhibition of rare and beautiful photographs from Sudan taken by the anthropologist Ian Cunnison.


For more information see our Exhibitions page.

Visitor Attractions at Durham University

Visitor Attractions at Durham University

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Find out about what you can do whilst you're in Durham including visiting the Botanic Garden, Durham Castle, Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum.

Friends of the Oriental Museum


Would you like to become a 'Friend' of the Oriental Museum? Free entry to the Museum, discounts in the Oriental Museum shop and invitations to advance previews of our exhibitions are just three of the benefits our 'Friends' receive. Find out how you can support the Oriental Museum by becoming a Friend of the Oriental Museum

Treasures of the Oriental Museum

This book includes 50 short essays highlighting some of the treasures of the Oriental Museum collections.  Written by artists, curators, researchers, students and collectors from the UK and around the world, the essays offer a wide range of viewpoints on this enormously varied and fascinating collection accompanied by all new colour photography. 

Treasures of the Oriental Museum is now available to order online via Durham University's Online shop.


Contact Details

Oriental Museum
Elvet Hill
Durham DH1 3TH

T: +44 191 334 5694
F: +44 191 334 5640

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