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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.

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.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Little Dragons, our group for children under 5 and their families, is now offering in-person sessions at the Oriental Museum. Bookable in advance.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Little Dragons, our group for children under 5 and their families, is now offering in-person sessions at the Oriental Museum. Bookable in advance.

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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

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Oriental Museum is open WednesdayFriday between 10am-4pm and SaturdaySunday 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.

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Live Online School Sessions

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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