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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.


Our museums, galleries and Botanic Garden will remain closed until early 2021.

The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority. We will only reopen when we’re sure we have all the necessary safety measures in place.

We will be using the closed period to carry out improvements at all our sites.

At the Oriental Museum this will include:

  • completing the new Silk Roads permanent gallery, which will provide an updated introduction to the museum and its collection

  • installing the special exhibition, Lu Xun’s Legacy in Print Making in Modern China, celebrating the impact of Lu Xun (1881-1936) arguably the most important cultural figure of twentieth century China.

While we are closed we will continue to:

  • Develop new online exhibitions and learning resources for users to engage with from anywhere in the world

  • Catalogue and digitise more of our collections and share them online via our online database Discover

  • Develop and deliver university teaching programmes, adapting them to an online/blended approach

  • Continue to support students and community through digital volunteering opportunities and virtual placements

  • Support academic and community researchers worldwide using our subject expertise and knowledge of the collections

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible.


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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 straight ahead)

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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