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.
Why not take advantage of our special offer? Visit both the Botanic Garden and Oriental Museum on the same day and save money on entry to both. Find out more.
Christmas and New Year opening hours
We will close to the public for the Christmas holidays at the end of the day on Monday 23rd December and open again at 10am on Thursday 2nd January 2020. Seasons Greetings to all!
Silk Roads Gallery
Our Marvels of China and West Asia galleries are now closed to the public. These spaces are being transformed into a new Silk Roads Gallery, due to open on 29th May 2020. The rest of the museum remains open as usual and no other galleries are affected. Find out more.
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. Please note that the car park is usually full between 10am and 11.30am on these mornings.
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.
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.
(please use the lower car park straight ahead)
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|