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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.

To ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and visitors, our museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed until early 2021. Stay in touch with the Oriental Museum on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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What's On View all events

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Join us every Wednesday from 10am, as we offer our under 5s Little Dragons club via free live streaming. Find out how to join in with Little Dragons online from your own home.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Join us every Wednesday from 10am, as we offer our under 5s Little Dragons club via free live streaming. Find out how to join in with Little Dragons online from your own home.

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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Live Online School Sessions

While the museum remains closed our Learning and Engagement Team are offering a range of interactive primary, secondary and post-16 sessions as live online 'virtual visits'.

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