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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.

Silk Roads Gallery

Our Marvels of China and West Asia galleries (on Level 4 entry level) 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.

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.

Little Dragons

Visitors should be aware that our under 5s group takes place every Wednesday morning, between 10am and 11am, in the museum galleries. Please note that the car park is usually very busy between 10am and 11.30am on these mornings.

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.


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

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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