The Oriental Museum is home to a huge range of artworks and archaeological artefacts from the great cultures of northern Africa and Asia. Almost 30,000 objects, ranging in date from prehistory to the present day are housed in the museum’s galleries and stores.
Read more about each area of the collection or access our online database to find out more about individual objects.
A world class collection, from Neolithic to modern day, outstanding in both depth and breadth.
From stone sculpture to gold amulets, the largest Ancient Egyptian collection in the North East.
Himalayas and Central Asia
Material from Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia and Afghanistan including a notable collection of thangkas.
India and South Asia
Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism and so much more, plus extensive photograph collections.
Arms and armour, wood block prints, ceramics and lacquer as well as contemporary manga and cosplay.
Ceramics, musical instruments, textiles, furniture and prints. A small but varied collection.
Near and Middle East
Excavated material from the Ancient Near East together with arts and crafts of the Islamic era.
Discover our collections
Search Durham collections using our online database. Explore items from the Oriental Museum that aren't on display.