Find out everything you need to know to get the most from your 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.
Tuesday 14 November the museum will be closing at 4pm to prepare for our Diwali celebrations that evening.
The MacDonald Gallery of China is currently closed to visitors until early 2024.
As part of the Oriental Museum's ongoing commitment to updating and developing our permanent displays, we are creating new displays focused on our world class collections of Chinese ceramics. State of the art new display cases are being installed along the entire length of our Chinese gallery early in 2024. We have now closed the gallery to allow us to prepare for this.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy the new displays in Spring 2024.
Views on the proper care, use and display of human remains have varied widely over time and across the cultures of the world. Several of the cultures represented in this museum have used skeletal remains in the creation of important cultural artefacts and visitors should be aware that examples of these are exhibited in the Tibetan and Ancient Egyptian displays. Our staff treat all human remains with dignity, care and respect.
More information on our policy for Human Remains is available here.
BCE and CE
These abbreviations are used throughout the museum for dating. BCE stands for ‘Before Common Era’ and CE stands for ‘Common Era’. The numbering of these years is identical to that used in the BC/AD system. The cultures represented in this museum have used a variety of different dating systems; using BCE/CE allows us to provide a common dating scheme for all the objects on display.