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A lovely surprise

With a 3 and 5 year old in tow I dared risk a trip to the museum. There was a Teacup Travels trail... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bubblefish77
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What a surprise!

Very nice and well explained egyptian to chinese collections. Kids are more than welcome. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago via mobile

With a 3 and 5 year old in tow I dared risk a trip to the museum. There was a Teacup Travels trail to keep them amused and on each level there was dressing up, plenty of related colouring in materials and other things including...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice and well explained egyptian to chinese collections. Kids are more than welcome. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was not over-crowded so we could spend time admiring the collections. It is free, but it deserves your donations.More

Thank adarwich
Julia O, Guest Relations Manager at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you had a good visit. Our curators are always trying to improve the collections and our Front of House are very approachable and will help if possible with any questions. There is a small admission...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter who is twenty and I visited for the first time in about 6 years though we have benn many times when she was younger. Sarah got in for nothing as she is at Newcastle Uni and I was charged £1.50 and parked for...More

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Julia O, Guest Relations Manager at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for taking time to write a lovely review. We do appreciate such positive comments. You may notice lately we are acquiring some modern pieces for our collections to keep things fresh, such as the amazing Jōmon (Blue) by Junpei Omori in our Japan...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to visit with many varied artefacts from various regions. A great place to take the children in the holidays. There are dressing up clothes and various interactive activities. There’s a small self service cafe and picnic tables outside. It’s extremely reasonably priced...More

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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your lovely comments. We have family activities running throughout the year and extra during school holidays which are listed on our website and social media pages We hope you can visit again soon. Thanks again from the Museum Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited oriental Museum which has a lot of interesting exhibits. They had a special exhibition about emperor clothing at the time which was worthwhile

Thank Angela M
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This is a very small temporary free exhibitions. It was produced by University students (Masters students if I remember rightly). Unfortunately we missed the free lecture preceding the opening. The exhibition is an object lesson in how to explain and exhibit.It comprised mainly wood block...More

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Julia O, Deputy Cultural Co ordinator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the student exhibition. Yes it was created by students studying for the MA in Museum and Artefact Studies at Durham University. This is part of the course, and presents a fantastic opportunity...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018

Well laid out, if a little overwhelming with the large amount of exhibits. The floors are tiered so there is no enclosed feeling. Would really need several visits, and the entrance price is really cheap!

Thank algernon204
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

I visited with my two granddaughters, we went for the quiet craft morning for children with autism etc. One of my granddaughter's has autism & she seemed to enjoy the craft session and making a clay pot, even the oldest granddaughter enjoyed joining in. After...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Absolutely wonderful collection - regular chages of exhibits - LOTS for children , great staff!!! Slightly difficult to locate but it's really worth the effort

Thank DrBill Moir
AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your lovely review. We aim to entertain visitors of all ages and it is great to get feed back so we can continue to improve! We hope you can visit again soon. Many thanks from the Museum Team

Reviewed 14 May 2018

Very interesting museum just a short walk from Durham City centre. Although we frequently visit Durham this was our first time at the Oriental Museum, hopefully it won't be our last. We spent 2 hours here and could have stayed longer. The cafe looked clean...More

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Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for your positive review and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We endeavour to cater for various ages and interests and hold family activities every Saturday afternoon, and during the School holidays, in addition to a regular series of exhibitions and special...More

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Laura D
23 February 2018|
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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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Roger C
13 August 2015|
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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.
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