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Tickets and Times 

The Museum of Archaeology's collections range from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. Our gallery charting the story of Durham is housed within Palace Green Library and is free entry.

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Opening times


Opening time 


10am - 5pm 


10am - 5pm 


10am - 5pm 


10am - 5pm 


10am - 5pm 


10am - 5pm 


10am - 5pm 

27 – 30 December 

11am - 4pm

Note: We are open until 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month April to October and the 4th Thursday of the month November to March. 

During December we are closed from 24th until 26th, open from 27th until 30th, 11am-4pm, and then closed again December 31st and January 1st .

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Group Visits 

We are very happy to welcome group visits to the Museum of Archaeology. 

Museum staff can offer a range of gallery talks and tours for pre-booked groups subject to staff availability. These can be presented either by curators or members of the Learning Team as appropriate to the age and interest of the group. In order to ensure that everyone in the group can hear and see, we recommend a maximum group size of 20-30 for a single tour. For larger groups, we can try to provide more than one member of staff and split the group into sections, touring the museum in a different order. 

For specialist interest groups, it may also be possible to arrange handling sessions if sufficient notice is given and space is available. Please contact us as far in advance as possible if you are interested in seeing material that is not on display. 

To make an enquiry please contact us.

A family examining an exhibit in a gallery within the Museum of Archaeology