You don't have to be visiting the Museum galleries to make use of our shop and café. If you are just coming in for a coffee or to find that perfect birthday gift, you won't be charged Museum admission.
The Museum shop sells a range of oriental-inspired gifts and souvenirs. There is something for everyone, from pocket money toys to exclusive items that are perfect for that special gift.
Our shop is divided into five themes - China, Japan, Korea, India and Ancient Egypt, with products coming from the country of origin wherever possible. Many of our products are also Fairtrade or made from recycled materials. We also sell postcards, cards, books and gift-wrap.
We aim to sell items not found on the high street. We stock ceramics including traditional Chinese and Japanese tea sets, sake sets and rice bowls. You will also find the famous Japanese Lucky Cat range in our shop.
Other exciting products include Chinese fortune-telling sticks, sari-covered photo albums, mango wood boxes and hand-carved soapstone elephants from India, plus many other gifts with an oriental twist.
New Oriental Museum gifts now in stock
The new range of Oriental Museum gifts is now available. Featuring the museum's much-loved dragon logo, the range includes something for everyone. Choose from the 100% fairtrade organic cotton shopping bag, handy pocket sized notebooks, magnetic bookmarks or a range of pens, rulers, erasers and other stationery for all the family. Look out for our pencils made from recycled CD cases.
With prices from £1 many of these make great pocket money purchases for younger visitors to take away as a momento of their visit.
Treasures of the Oriental Museum book
To coincide with our Golden Jubilee in 2010, University Chancellor, Bill Bryson, launched the Treasures of the Oriental Museum, Durham University. The book's introduction traces the history of the collections and their arrival in Durham and the 50 short essays that accompany the objects have been written by artists, curators, researchers, students and collectors from the UK and around the world, offering a wide range of viewpoints on this enormously varied and fascinating collection, accompanied by all new colour photography of these stunning objects.
Launching the book, Bill Bryson echoed the words he used in the foreword to the book, urging anyone who has yet to visit the Oriental Museum to "drop everything and go at once. It's that good."
Copies of the book and other Durham University merchandise can be ordered online from the Durham University online shop.