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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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Little Dragons, our group for children under 5 and their families, is now offering in-person sessions at the Oriental Museum. Bookable in advance.
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
OPEN TO ALL
Oriental Museum is open 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.