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Review of Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum
Ranked #5 of 60 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 normally open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12pm - 5pm.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The oriental Museum at Durham University
Charges a miniscule entrance fee
And the collections exude quality.
Exhibits are from Japan, China,
Myanmar, Egypt and India.
Only the finest examples are here
It was worth the two hours that we spent
And I’m very glad that we went.

1  Thank PoetPete2014
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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thanks for your review. We do have an amazing collection which is a privilege to work with.

We hope that you can visit again soon. Our temporary exhibition will be changing at the end of September.

Many thanks from the Museum Team

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Reviewed 26 June 2017

Came across this place by accident while looking for the park and ride (Howlands Farm) in Durham on google. We decided to visit when returning to the P&R. It is a five minute walk from the P&R, although it does have its own small car park. Lots of artefacts from various interesting countries spread over four floors. Admission was £1.50, well worth it. Staff were very knowledgeable and very helpful. If you come to the P&R at Howlands Farm at Durham, you need to visit this place.

2  Thank CaronIan
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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Many thanks for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your time at the museum and can visit again soon!

Thanks from the Museum Team.

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Reviewed 13 June 2017

Its only small but there are lots of really interesting items on display - organised according to country. The items are beautifully presented on separate floors / or part of floor per country.

The 'write ups' of the artefacts are on laminated sheets so you can read them easily whilst referring to even the smallest object. It was nice to be able to sit to read and look at the items on display.

I particularly went to see the Egyptian exhibits but found that those from other countries were so fascinating too.

They have catered for the ' less abled' very well - I have a bad hip and standing for a length of time is difficult but I found it easy to look around the museum.

I would return to this museum next time I visit the area.

I was parked in the local 'park and ride' and it is only a short walk to the museum and the entrance fee was a nominal 75p for senior citizen.

If in central Durham and you want to come out to the nearby ( park and ride) car park on the bus, for an easy walk to the museum, then take the PR2 Howlands bus and it doesn't take long. The fare was £2.

Staff very friendly.

2  Thank Ruth H
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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodain at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Many thanks for your kind review. We're really pleased that your enjoyed your visit. It is very helpful to receive feedback about accessibility for less-abled visitors.
Hope you can visit again soon!
Thanks from the Museum Team

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Reviewed 11 June 2017

Include this small but fascinating museum in your visit, a little out of the way but with egyptian chinese and other ancient artifacts, is a very easy way to see some enthralling exhibits.make a detour, go here

1  Thank Michael R
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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Many thanks for your lovely review. We all feel lucky to work with such amazing artefacts!

Hope you can visit again soon to see our next temporary exhibition.

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Reviewed 4 June 2017

This museum is not far from the centre of Durham, but feels quite out of the way. It is certainly worth visiting. The exhibits are extremely well displayed, and the whole museum is really well organised. There was so much to see that we spent an absorbing couple of hours there.

Thank Tony S
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AllisonPercival, Museum Custodian at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Many thanks for your positive review. We really appreciate your feedback!

Hope you can visit again soon.
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