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.
Please note that our lift is currently out of order (20 February 2018). Visitors can enjoy step-free access to our ground floor, which houses our two exhibitions 'The Hills are High' and 'Khyal: music and imagination', our West Asia gallery, two Egypt galleries, Marvels of China gallery, shop, cafe and public conveniences. There is step-only access to our other 3 floors. We apologise for the inconvenience and will endeavour to bring the lift back into working action as soon as possible.
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.
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.
Location and directions
Directions to the Museum and advice on how to reach us via different modes of transport.
Access and facilities
We aim to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all our visitors.
Browse our range of oriental-inspired gifts and souvenirs, to suit all ages and pockets.
Our modern café facilities provide a welcome space in which to relax during your visit.
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.
|Children (5 and over)||75p|
Family (2 adults, 3 children)
|Friends, Students, Durham University staff, Armed Forces, Museums Association, Art Fund||Free|