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Oriental Museum

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Address: Durham University Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH, England
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+44 191 334 5694
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of...

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 open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12pm - 5pm.

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A hidden gem

This is a small yet beautifully displayed museum. The artifacts show a range of civilisations: some familiar, such as ancient Egyptian; others less so, such as Darfur. Don't be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Romford, United Kingdom
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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a small yet beautifully displayed museum. The artifacts show a range of civilisations: some familiar, such as ancient Egyptian; others less so, such as Darfur. Don't be put off by the deceptively small exterior, the museum goes down into the hillside. Excellent resources to keep children amused: a really warm and welcoming museum for all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the 2nd time I have had the pleasure of visiting this museum. I went with a group of children to learn about Chinese New Year and I was very impressed with the knowledge the staff have on this subject. The museum itself is stunning, it is not a stuffy old museum but filled with breathtaking treasures from an... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is tucked away amongst the hill colleges of Durham, a rather unprepossessing yellow brick building which doesn't look that obviously to be a museum. If you want all singing all dancing displays you'll be disappointed, but if you like to have a nose around a well laid out, extremely varied museum with labels aimed at different ages and... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum puts on frequent special exhibitions as well as showing its own extensive collections. The carpark is a bit small but rarely overfull. Refreshments are restricted to machines. There is a very good gift shop with reasonably-priced books and other goodies.

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durham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Small museum over three floors, oriental, Islamic, Egyptian artefacts well displayed. Very reasonable entrance fee and good for all ages

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Difficult to find , not well advertised but we'll worth a visit . Haveing visited many museums in the region and days out accross the North East this is a hidden gem. It's cheep well worth every penny , it interesting , some of the artifacts are truely breathtaking , it's unique , small , quirky ,well designed , access... More 

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AllisonPercival, museum custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely review, we really appreciate visitor feedback. We have tried to make the museum as accessible as possible as well as making it interesting and fun for children of all ages. Have the children tried the Phoenician chariot outside the museum? that's great fun! Hope to see you again soon! Many thanks from the Museum Team More 

Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

If you have a spare half day in Durham the Oriental Museum is areal Gem of a museum. The best Chinese and Japanese art work I have seen in the north of the UK.

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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for our lovely review. We are very lucky to have such amazing collections. We change our displays on a regular basis, so there's always more to see! Thanks from the Museum Team More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

This is somewhat of a bijoux collection with Egyptian, Chinese and Japanese highlights. Friendly staff who are keen for you to get the most out of your visit. A place to return to

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

this museum puzzles me as much as it's artifacts do. The layout is eccentric and odd but its full of interesting bits and pieces, definitely worth a look. it has to be seen to be believed.

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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We really appreciate feedback. The tiered layout is quite unusual and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. Many thanks from the Museum Team More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The permanent collection is good - I knew very little about this before I went - but the highlights for me were the temporary ones. Photos from 1916 of Darfur showed some history I had never appreciated, and the photos from Simla were fascinating.

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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely review. The staff all love both the Dafur and Simla exhibitions. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope you can visit the museum again soon. Many thanks from the Museum Team More 

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