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Visit Us

Visit the Oriental Museum to marvel at our collections and see our special exhibitions. Our nationally important collections are located over 4 floors, with plenty to discover about the cultures of the orient. Use our webpages to plan your visit, find out about our facilities and take a minute to find out more about what you can do to be a greener tourist.

We’re excited to introduce our late-night opening at Oriental Museum every Thursday

You will be able to pre-book tickets to visit the the Museum which will be open until the later time of 7pm on a Thursday evening.

Newly implemented safety measures will be in place during your visit to ensure the museum remains Covid-secure.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

About your visit

There is currently external building work taking place that won't affect access to the museum or your visit inside the museum but means that parking is limited. Additional parking can be found a three minute walk away at Elvet Hill, which is a large staff car park, available for visitors on a weekend only. For directions call the Museum 0191 334 5691.

We know everyone will feel differently about visiting us and keeping safe in the current circumstances.

We continue to prioritise the safety of our visitors and staff at our sites. Our current practices are intended to maintain reassurance and comfort for visitors and staff, and ensure everyone’s enjoyment. This will be regularly reviewed and any changes will be communicated on our webpages.

  • We will be monitoring visitor numbers closely to allow plenty of space and avoid overcrowding.

  • We encourage pre-bookings but walk-in spaces are available.

  • Be mindful of others - please allow space between you and other visitors during your visit

  • You are encouraged to wear a face covering (unless you’re exempt) during your time with us

  • Handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the museum – please use them regularly during your visit

  • Air quality control checks are being carried out to make sure we have appropriate ventilation

  • Enhanced cleaning regimes are continuing across all our buildings

  • Glass screens have been installed at reception areas, but you’ll see and meet our welcoming staff on arrival

How to book

Booking links for each day can be found under our Opening Hours and Admission section on the right hand side of this page. Please note that bookings will be released each Monday for the following week ahead.

For Thursday evening opening please visit the following page to book Oriental Museum : Events - Durham University


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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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

Opening hours and admission

  • Tuesday - Friday between 10am-5pm (Thursday evening opening until 7pm)

  • Saturday - Sunday between 12pm-5pm

  • Closed on Friday 3 June for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

Thursday evening opening until 7pm please visit here to book Oriental Museum : Events - Durham University

Currently, we are offering free entry to all our visitors.

Click the links below to make a booking for your day of choice this week (bookings are released each Monday for the week ahead):

*Please note, there will be limited access to the Silk Road gallery on Wednesdays between 10am -12pm.

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)


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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