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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.

In line with government and Public Health England advice regarding the Covid-19 and following the current guidelines set by Durham University, the Oriental Museum is now closed until further notice. Stay in touch on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

A British Museum touring exhibition illustrating how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas. Get up close to the artworks with a virtual tour of the exhibition, and explore artworks created by Durham Sixth Form College art students in response.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

An NEAES 'Zoom' talk by Susanne Bickel, an Egyptologist at the University of Basel, Switzerland and Director of the Swiss Mission in the Valley of the Kings. All welcome via Zoom.

Reviews

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

OPEN TO ALL

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The Oriental Museum is currently closed until further notice.

The Oriental Museum is usually open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12pm - 5pm.

Adults £1.50
Over 60s 75p
Children (5 and over) 75p
Infants Free

Family
(2 adults, 3 children)

£3.50
Friends, Students, Durham University, Armed Forces, Museums Association, Art Fund Free

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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LEARNING

Find out more about our wide range of school visits, from pre-school to A-level. All visits can be tailored to your needs. You can still book for the future while the Museum is closed.

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