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Oriental Museum collections on display in Taiwan

A new exhibition based on Durham University research and featuring objects from the Oriental Museum is now open at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Taiwan.

(18 May 2018) » More about Walking with the Buddha exhibition

New tour highlights the 'hidden women' at the Oriental Museum

On Thursday, 8 March, the Oriental Museum launches a new tour around the galleries, highlighting the ‘hidden women’ in the museum’s collections. 

(5 Mar 2018) » More about hidden women tour

Agreement signed with National Museum of Japanese History

Durham University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stuart Corbridge, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Museum of Japanese History (NMJH). This agreement will support a research and engagement partnership between the Oriental Museum and the NMJH. 

(26 Jun 2017) » More about National Museum of Japanese History

Oriental Museum wins Welcome Accolade

For the third year running the Oriental Museum has been awarded VisitEngland's Welcome Accolade, awarded to attractions that give visitors an exceptional welcome. 

(22 Feb 2017) » More about Welcome Accolade

Major investment will expand global access to cultural treasures

The Oriental Museum is one of the Durham University venues which will benefit from new UK government funding awarded to Durham University Museums

(18 Jan 2017) » More about Major investment in museums

CBeebies Teacup Travels

Drop in to the Oriental Museum to see up close the real artefacts that inspired Charlotte’s adventure in “Teacup Travels”; the exciting second series has started on CBeebies. (December 2016)

(6 Dec 2016) » More about Teacup Travels

Ancient Lebanese treasures on display in the UK for first time at Oriental Museum

Historical artefacts never before seen in the UK are go on display at the Oriental Museum from Saturday 18th June 2016.

(4 Jul 2016) » More about Ancient Lebanon exhibition

See Oriental Museum Objects online in 3D

The Oriental Museum has begun to make 3D models of some of its collections available online. 

(4 Jul 2016) » More about 3D models online

More than warriors

The role of Japan’s samurai soldiers as patrons and producers of the arts is being showcased in a new exhibition now open at the Oriental Museum.

Museum staff and academics from Durham University’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures have worked together to develop the exhibition, The Shogun’s Cultured Warriors, which reflects the latest research into the lives of this warrior elite. 

(10 Jun 2016) » More about New exhibition at the Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum Wins Accolade for Second Time

For the second year running the Oriental Museum has been awarded Visit England's Welcome Accolade.

(15 Mar 2016) » More about Oriental Museum Accolade Win

Ancient Egyptian treasures back on display

On Friday 26th February the Oriental Museum is reopening the gallery which houses the highlights of its world famous Ancient Egyptian collection. 

(1 Mar 2016) » More about New Egypt Gallery

Oriental Museum short listed for People's Choice Award

The Oriental Museum has been shortlisted for 'Best Family Attraction' in this year's ChronicleLive People's Choice Awards. Vote online now. 

(9 Dec 2015) » More about Voting in now open for the ChronicleLive People’s Choice Awards 2015

Oriental Museum objects on loan around the UK and overseas

Objects from the Oriental Museum collections will be on display in London and Manchester this autumn and some objects are even travelling as far as New York 


(26 Oct 2015) » More about Oriental Museum loans

Egyptian gallery closing for refurbishment

The Oriental Museum's Egyptian Art gallery features the highlights of our Ancient Egyptian collections and is a firm favourite with visitors. However, the cases housing these treasures are now outdated. From 3rd August 2015 the gallery will close for a seven-month refurbishment. 

(20 Jul 2015) » More about Egyptian gallery temporary closure

Durham University receives a copy of the Qianlong Emperor's Library

Durham University has been presented with a copy of the Qianlong Emperor's library, in recognition of Durham’s position as a leading centre of excellence in Chinese Studies.

(29 Jun 2015) » More about Qianlong Emperor's library

Oriental Museum receives accolade for excellent customer service

The Oriental Museum has become one of only a small number of visitor attractions in the country to have received the VisitEngland Welcome accolade.

(17 Feb 2015) » More about Museum wins customer service accolade

New gallery for Himalayas, South Asia and Southeast Asia

In February 2015 the Oriental Museum opened a brand new gallery devoted to the museum’s Himalayan, Indian and Southeast Asian collections

(13 Feb 2015) » More about new gallery opening

Oriental Museum wins award for working with children

Oriental Museum has receivedthe Investing in Children Award in
recognition of the creative ways in which staff engage with children and youngpeople. The award was presented to
the museum by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon. 

(28 Oct 2014) » More about Award for working with children