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Oriental Museum

Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Fantastic cycle of exhibitions and regular exhibitions

This is the way that museums are supposed to be - great immersive artifacts including beds and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Durham, United Kingdom
Bite-sized educational museum

Got the last parking space on a Sunday afternoon (small free car park). A warm welcome from the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
N Wales
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From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia. The Oriental Museum is normally open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and...more
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Durham University Elvet Hill | Durham University, Durham DH1 3TH, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the way that museums are supposed to be - great immersive artifacts including beds and sedan chairs, calligraphy, huge items which are thousands of years old, in a well-lit and pleasant environment. There are guest exhibitions as well, which change through the year....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Got the last parking space on a Sunday afternoon (small free car park). A warm welcome from the staff. Free lockers available. £1.50 entry. Armed with a map I wandered the 4 levels. An interesting collection of artefacts. Like the new style of signage i.e....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bluelizard
Reviewed 13 November 2018

The oriental museum houses the University's collection of art and antiquities from Asia and North Africa. It is a fair walk from the city centre but well worth it. The building is arranged interestingly inside. You enter at ground level then further galleries are to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chris W
Reviewed 6 November 2018

This smallish museum is a must for anyone even remotely interested in the East and Ancient Egypt. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Very small entrance fee. Excellent Egyptian room, we even took home a free senet (ancient board game) sheet from the activities area. Very good small...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

Visited during heritage open day, very enjoyable and lots of history set out into different countries and times, lots of finds and items to see and touch Toilets and refreshments available and some parking spacesMore

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Geoffrey K
Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

Many thanks for your review. We offer free entry every year for Heritage Open Days in September, so it is always worth checking our website for the dates, and we usually also do curator-led tours of the galleries. We hope you take time to visit...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018

Wonderful area specialising in ancient Egyptian artefacts and information re The Paroahs , great exhibits.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

Fantastic couple of hours out. There are two real mummies to look at too. Kept children entertained for hours. Learning without knowing as it's factual and fun.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Vicki C
Reviewed 12 October 2018

What an amazing find! Great value too. Staff were very helpful, answering our questions. The museum came about in the 60's when Durham Uni had a large collection of Chinese items needing to be displayed, it grew from there with more Asian/Oriental countries donating extremely...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 712dibley
Julia O, Customer Services Officer at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Thank you for our kind review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. We are continually trying to improve the visitor experience so feedback like this is invaluable. we do hope you can visit again. We will be doing exhibition changeovers at the...More

Reviewed 7 October 2018

So much to see from regions all around the silk road. My favorite items were the chinese pottery. Lovely little cafe too!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank john e
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Lots of interesting artefacts wirh an area for children. The children's area has costumes, activities and colouring. My 7 year old grandson really enjoyed himself.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank mjbelldawson
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23 February 2018|
Response from Julia O | Property representative |
Hi Laura, yes we do have a small car park just beside the museum, for about 12 cars. It is usually possible to park, but Wednesday mornings at 10am it is usually full due to our Little Dragons under 5's group. Afternoons are... More
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13 August 2015|
Response from AllisonPercival | Property representative |
Hi there, Just to confirm that our opening times are - Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12pm - 5pm. We hope you enjoy your visit to the Oriental Museum! Many thanks from the museum team.