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“Fabulous place to loose yourself”
Review of Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum
Ranked #7 of 58 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Enjoyed the collections, lots to see found the mummy is amazing lots of additional information to be found in the way of laminated cards. Worth a visit if you have the time visiting such a well set out museum has inspired me to plan trips to the orient in the future

1  Thank Mrsvineberg
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

The museum houses a fantastic collection of Indian, Chinese and Egyptian artefacts. We spent a considerable amount of time walking amongst the statues of Hindu gods and goddesses enticed by their beauty and grateful that the museum was enabling hundreds of visitors to see and learn more about religion and art that have their roots in other geographical continents.

We also noted with interest, the activities the museum has for children which families with little ones were making use of at the time of our visit.

4  Thank 3eye
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Tucked away on the outskirts of Durham this a brilliant museum that focuses on the culture and history of the east and in particular China and India. The exhibits are many and varied and organised on three floors with access by lift as well as stairs.

Thank Van M
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

I was rather sceptical when informed that the Oriental Museum housed a world-class collection of artefacts devoted to the art and archaeology of the Orient - but having experienced it, I have to say that it really is a superb place to visit. Not the easiest of places to find and parking can be a bit of a problem at busy times but well worth the trip. Though originally founded to support teaching and research at the university,the museum is now open to everyone and at just 75p for concessions, it must be one of the best visitor-attractions in the city for anyone with the slightest interest in the history of Egypt, China, Japan, India and other cultures in the Near and Middle East. It's worth a visit if only to try the giant soap sculptures in the loos - not that I tested the one in the ladies but my wife assures me the one there was as impressive as the one I told her existed in the men's facility. All in all, a truly fascinating place and one clearly enjoyed by children.

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

The museum is small but very well done. The Egyptian and Chinese sections particularly interested me. The Chinese burial jades were very unusual. The museum is a little bit away from the other attractions in Durham but does have quite a few parking places for visitors and a reasonable cafe.

Thank Fred G
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