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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.

Roof repairs

We are currently undertaking essential repairs to the roof in our entrance foyer. As a result, there are two temporary pillars in the centre of this area. Visitors with very large electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters may encounter some difficulty on entering the building as a result. Our staff are happy to help by offering assistance or an alternative entrance if necessary. We ask visitors with children to ensure that, for their own safety and the safety of others, children are not permitted to play in the work area.

Essential maintenance to our foyer roof is now going ahead so, unfortunately, we will be closed on the following dates. We're very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June
Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July
Saturday 7th July & Sunday 8th July
Saturday 14th July (we will be running a family activity on Sunday 15th July, 1-3pm).

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.


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

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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.

(please use the lower car park on the right)

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)

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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