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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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Friday, February 13, 2015

See the Oriental Museum's complete set of traditional Japanese Hina Matsuri dolls, only displayed for a short time each year in the run up to Hina Matsuri - the Dolls Festival - on 3rd March.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Come and enjoy the Oriental Museum's Annual Lantern Festival. Take part in storytelling of Lunar New Year, celebrate with some fun crafts, join in with a dragon dance and try some Chinese food tasting!

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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 (over 5) 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.

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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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