Museum of Archaeology
Museum of Archaeology
3.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Museum of Archaeology is open Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm for pre-booked visits. Enjoy our new special exhibition exploring the rich prehistoric and Roman archaeology of Durham.
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MichelePlusTwo
86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
A very pleasing exhibit that is well worth taking a look at if you are in the cathedral district. The signs explaining the exhibits were helpful and the staff very attentive to their covid safety protocols.

It’s important to note that this is an extremely small museum - we read more or less every sign and inspected all of the artefacts and were in and out in 20 minutes! But it is none the less charming for its diminutive size.
Written 29 August 2021
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Thank you for visiting the museum and recommending a visit to others.
Written 20 October 2021
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Amy Jiang
Greater London, UK2,579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Went with another student friend during the summer, was expecting a lot of people but was actually very quiet and had a wonderful time. There was a lovely small exhibit upstairs with Durham's involvement in historic British wars, and the main Museum of Archaeology had some lovely artifacts, which were all clearly displayed and provided with information which was very helpful. Many of the works came from digs done by the Archaeology department themselves, which helped the authenticity of the museum!

A good gift shop as well, as well as the archives in the back.
Written 27 August 2022
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We are pleased that you had a good visit and enjoyed the museum exhibits. Hopefully, you can come back and see us again soon!
Written 3 October 2022
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Compytom
36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
It's cheap to get in but it's opening hours are odd, it's looking very tired and is in desperate need of a good deal of maintenance. There's spelling mistakes galore in the displays, if you need something to keep the kids interested.

It's a shame, as there is potential there.
Written 23 February 2014
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Mandy B
Newcastle upon Tyne74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
The museum itself is mostly designed for younger visitors and there is no more than a few pieces on display.
But the path that we walked to get there, alongside the river bank, was absolutely beautiful. It was so tranquil and calm that you don't want to leave.
If you go to Durham don't miss walking from Durham Castle to Old Mill, it is just amazing!
Written 28 February 2013
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LittlePatsy1
Harrogate, UK397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
The Museum of Archaeology has now moved into it's new home in the Palace Green Library. It is free, modern, and has a sensible layout so you can see how the region has developed over time. The Old Fulling Mill is now closed to the public. Well worth a look, and good for the family.
Written 25 April 2015
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sheepygold
london5,400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
Until recently this museum was located in a mill on the river. Now it is centrally located so is far more accessible. It is small and well laid out covering Durham from prehistoric days to modernity. I would allow 30 minutes maximum.
Written 25 March 2018
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Thank you for your lovely review. This museum is free of charge. We hold free self-led crafts over the weekends too. We are currently working on adding to the displays so it may be worth popping back in the New Year too.
Written 19 September 2018
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Anthony445
Montrose, Scotland, United Kingdom59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
They have recently unearthed bodies f Scottish Solders under the earth where they were to build the new Café. An extensive collection of evidence has been unearthed of Durham's dark secret. The exhibition is on until 7th October and well worth a visit and see how science has put this al together.
Written 14 August 2018
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Louise S
Swaffham, UK13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
After our Castle tour we decided to have a quick look round the Archaeology Museum. It isn't very big but has a lot of interesting artifacts.
Written 24 October 2017
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phoebsp483
Stockport, United Kingdom18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Solo
Exhibition was fairly comprehensive. Could have done with a local map to indicate whereabouts of sites/finds.
Also interspersed with WW1 items.
Confusing having sign to Museum pointing down to the river!
Written 26 September 2016
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Edmund R
St. Andrews, UK1,271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
The first thing to say is that if you come out of the Cathedral heading for the Museum of Archaeology then don't follow the sign pointing down a path to your left. It appears that is where it used to be but it is now in the Palace Green Library so go straight ahead. The exhibition "Living on the Hills" in the Museum of Archaeology is free and well worth visiting. You have to climb the stairs on your left as you enter the Palace Green Library and the exhibition is housed in a rather dark room with no staff present. There are many archaeological exhibits and particularly interesting was the comparison of modern tools with ancient ones. The exhibits cover prehistoric times up to the present day. Roman finds and medieval finds are exhibited. There is a touch screen display which is excellent showing women's work during World War I and many more things. However, there is a problem with it since the computer didn't have all the necessary software to view all parts of the display and, sadly, some of it could not be accessed. However, it was excellent for a free exhibition.
Written 1 September 2016
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Thank you for your review. We hope that the collection is interesting, but due to the conservation needs of the objects the lights are kept low. At the moment the touch screen includes the community curated exhibition Munitionettes & Miners' which was created by students, and we hope you found interesting. Once that exhibition closes then the touch screens will be adjusted.
Written 9 September 2016
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