Museum of Archaeology
Plan Your Visit
Find out everything you need to know to get the most from our visit: how to find us, opening times and more. Plus, everything you need to know if you or anyone in your group has any special needs or requirements.
Find out more about the history of the museum and our collections.
PrehistoricContaining over 1,000 objects, from tools used by our earliest Palaeolithic ancestors to everyday objects used by local communities in the Iron Age.
RomanIncluding thousands of objects, including the first complete Roman Fleet Diploma found in the UK and complete stone-carved altars.
MedievalThe medieval period was a ‘golden age’ for Durham City, and not surprisingly, the Museum’s medieval collections are also impressive.
Search our collections
We welcome anyone who wishes to study our collections. Find out more about searching our collections online and how to make a research appointment.
The Museum of Archaeology is the repository for development-led archaeological material excavated in Durham City. Find out more about the deposit of archaeological resources and how our collections are used to support teaching and research at Durham's Department of Archaeology.
Learning and Engagement
The Museum of Archaeology has a range of activities and workshops for schools and home learners as well as a talks programme and family friendly activities.
Durham CastleSitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site and occupied continuously since the 11th century.
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor CentreFind out everything you need to know to make the most of your visit to Durham.
Historic LibrariesCosin’s Library was founded in 1669 by Bishop John Cosin to give local people access to ‘good books’.
Sitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site and occupied continuously since the 11th century.
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre