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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 until 7pm

No booking required

Our Opening Hours are displayed on the right hand side of this page.

For upcoming events please visit the following page Oriental Museum : Events - Durham University

We hope you enjoy your visit.


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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 - Free Admission

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

  • Saturday - Sunday between 12pm-5pm

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

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2022/23

24 December - 6 January Closed

7 - 8 January Open 12:00-17:00

9 January Closed

10 January Normal opening hours resume

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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