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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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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Make a scented picture using Indian herbs and spices.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Join us for a fascinating talk and workshop by painting conservator Rosalind Sergeant.

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Probably one of the most interesting and best laid out museums we have ever visited, well worth a second visit. 10/10 for staff and exhibits.

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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 (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 Lunar New Year for KS1 to Japanese manga for A-level. All visits can be tailored to your needs.

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