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Oriental Museum

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Great collection

A very broad range of items from across east Asia, all with very interesting boards of information... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Silver H
Surprisingly Good

We visited yesterday as we'd been meaning to call in for some time. Museum is well laid out with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks 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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Reviewed 6 days ago

A very broad range of items from across east Asia, all with very interesting boards of information accompanying them. When I visited, there was an exhibition of South Korea which I found very interesting, and most of the temporary exhibitions for 2019 seem really good...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Silver H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited yesterday as we'd been meaning to call in for some time. Museum is well laid out with some fantastic exhibits and artefacts. Great information about the pieces and their countries of origin. Was better than we expected and may visit again and spend...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brufsters
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was packed with artefacts and History..beautifully arranged,interesting space..loved the pieces displayed..a great few hours worth and more.Not at all busy and had time and space to veiw.situated in a quiet area of Durham in a beautiful location which was autumn so the colours of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of your visit to the Museum. We are continually striving to make the visitor experience enjoyable, and hope you may be able to come back again to see what's changed. We are looking forward...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A University museum that may be small and compact but had something for everyone. Lots to see and plenty of activities for youngsters. Colouring on every floor, and even playmobil in the Egyptian exhibition. The cafe is small but can feed most people. Parking is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We are currently running a joint ticket with the Botanic Gardens for February and March, which is advertised on the 'Your Visit' section of our website. We hope that you can visit us again sometime and see what's changed.

Reviewed 5 weeks 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
Thank 595HugoM
Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are delighted that you enjoy our museum so much and appreciate the diversity of activities we offer. Our galleries aim to showcase our diverse collections from Ancient Egypt to modern China. Keep an eye on our website for all our events this year. Thanks...More

Reviewed 13 January 2019

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
Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We are continually changing our collections and exhibitions to ensure there is something for everybody in our galleries. Don't forget to follow us on twitter too! @dumuseums

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
Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review! You may be interested to know that the number 6 and 6a to Bishop Auckland runs regularly from town, and stops on South Road (at the Botanic Garden stop). We have just opened two new exhibitions and we hope...More

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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AllisonPercival, Museum custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your lovely review. It's great to get visitor feedback! Thanks from the Museum Team

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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A7689XKlaurad
22 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
12 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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