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Your Visit

Visit the Oriental Museum to marvel at our collections, see our exhibitions, and enjoy fun family activities. Plan your visit, find out about our facilities, café and shop, take a minute to find out more about what you can do to be a greener tourist.

Our nationally important collections are located over 4 floors, with plenty to discover about the cultures of the orient. You may wish to plan for a visit of around 2 hours minimum. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Teikyo Festival - FREE ENTRY

On Saturday 21st October our neighbours,Teikyo University of Japan, are celebrating their annual festival. To mark the occasion entry to the Oriental Museum will be free all day, and we will open early at 10am. Come along and celebrate all things Japanese. Between 1-3pm there will be drop-in craft activities in the museum - find out about food in Japan and make your own designer paper sushi.

Christmas opening

The Oriental Museum closes for Christmas on Thursday 21st December 2017, and opens again on Monday 15th January 2018. We apologise for the delay in New Year opening, which is due to essential heating maintenance.

School groups

Please note that during term time the Museum receives many visits by local schools, so if you would prefer a quieter visit then arriving after 2pm may be advisable, or phone us in advance of your visit.

Little Dragons

On Wednesday mornings between 10am and 11am visitors should be advised that our under 5's group takes place, and this is usually held in our Marvels of China gallery.

News

Keep up to date with all the latest news from the Oriental Museum.

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Location and directions

Directions to the Museum and advice on how to reach us via different modes of transport.

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Access and facilities

We aim to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all our visitors.

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Shop

Browse our range of oriental-inspired gifts and souvenirs, to suit all ages and pockets.

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Café

Our modern café facilities provide a welcome space in which to relax during your visit.

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Green Tourism

Find out how you can help us to improve our contribution to sustaining the environment.

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Plan your visit

Download a plan of our galleries


Using a Sat Nav to get to us?

For satellite navigation systems, the Oriental Museum postcode is DH1 3TH.


Opening hours and admission

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 staff, Armed Forces, Museums Association, Art Fund Free

GREAT China Welcome Charter

This is a partnership between VisitBritain and those British tourism businesses who are committed to providing exceptional service to Chinese travellers. The Oriental Museum is proud to be a member of this scheme.

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