Access and facilities
Getting to the Oriental Museum
The Oriental Museum is situated just off South Road in Durham, not far from the Botanic Garden on Elvet Hill. For full information on travelling to the Oriental Museum, visit our Location and directions webpages.
The Oriental Museum is committed to being as accessible as possible for all visitors. A summary of our facilities is set out below and you can download a range of resources from the right hand side of this page. These include a full access statement, a visual story and a map of the museum.
If you would like more information or help to plan your visit, please contact us on 0191 3354 5691 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Roof repairs
We are currently undertaking essential repairs to the roof in our entrance foyer. As a result, there are two temporary pillars in the centre of this area. Visitors with very large electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters may encounter some difficulty on entering the building as a result. Our staff are happy to help by offering assistance or an alternative entrance if necessary.
We ask visitors with children to ensure that, for their own safety and the safety of others, children are not permitted to play in the work area.
Essential maintenance to our foyer roof is taking place during June and July so, unfortunately, we will be closed on the following dates. We're very sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June
Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July
Saturdery 7th July & Sunday 8th July
Saturday 14th July
Parking for people with disabilities
There are two dedicated parking places for those with disabilities adjacent to the museum entrance. There is no kerb between the parking area and the museum entrance.
Wheelchair/pushchair friendly entrance
The entrance to the museum is via a very shallow ramp from the museum carpark. A wheelchair is also available for loan in the museum.
Luggage and lockers
Visitors may leave their belongings in lockers which are provided (no deposit required). In the case of bad weather, you will be able to leave hats, coats and umbrellas with our front of house staff.
Accessible toilet and baby changing facilities
There is a unisex accessible toilet on the ground floor of the museum, close to reception. This WC also contains baby changing facilities and toilet aids for our younger visitors.
Guide and hearing dogs are welcome to accompany their owners around the museum. A water bowl can be provided.
Accessible format information
Large print guides are available for our permanent galleries. Large print and picture format menus are available for our cafe. You can also download a visual story of a typical visit to the museum from the right hand side of this page.
The Oriental Museum is committed to the Kids in Museums manifesto. We provide baby changing facilities and we are happy to warm bottles or baby food for visitors using the cafe. A high chair is available in our cafe. The cafe aims to offer a range of child-friendly healthy snacks.
In addition to lots of activities for children in the galleries we have a regular under-5s club and run a range of family friendly art and craft sessions all year round. Check our What's On section for more details.
We welcome visitors with autism. Most of our staff have received training in autism awareness. Our visual story may help you to plan your visit.
We welcome visitors living with dementia. Many of our visitor services team as well as our learning and curatorial staff have received training in dementia awareness and have become Dementia Friends. Our visual story may help you to plan your visit.
Lift access to all galleries
Two accessible lifts provide access to all levels of the museum. The controls are push button and at wheelchair height.
Seating of different types is available in all of our galleries and in the reception area. We also have ‘walk and rest’ stools available to use on every level in the museum.
TheCloud@Durham - Guest wireless
Visitors can now connect to the new Wi-Fi service, TheCloud@Durham. Provided by Sky, it offers simple, fast and reliable internet access. You can save even more time by registering for TheCloud@Durham in advance. Visit Durham University's dedicated pages to find out how.
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Download resources to help you plan your visit
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|