Oriental Museum

Due to the coronavirus, museums and galleries across the country may have adjusted their opening times, or you may have to book a timed ticket in order to visit. Please check their websites and social media channels for up to date information.

Durham University Elvet Hill

  • All enquiries: 0191 334 5691

The Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of Britain devoted solely to the art and archaeology of the Orient. The remarkable collections reveal the great cultures of Asia; the Near and Middle East; and North Africa. Highlights include the Chinese and Ancient Egyptian collections, which are Designated Collections of national importance.

Further information

Opening Hours:

The Oriental Museum is open on Wednesday – Friday between 10am-4pm and Saturday – Sunday between 12pm-4pm for pre-booked visits. The museum will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to allow staff to continue their university teaching commitments. Currently, we are offering free entry to all our visitors. Bookings are now open. Please see our website for details on how to book a slot. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Normal opening hours: Mon - Fri 10.00-17.00 Sat - Sun & Bank Holidays 12.00-17.00 Closed: Between Christmas & New Year.


From 19 May 2021 until further notice - FREE ENTRY with a pre-booked ticket. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adults: £1.50 Children 5-16 and Over 60s: 75p Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £3.50 Free on production of relevant ID: Friends of the Oriental Museum, students in higher education, Durham University staff, Armed Forces, MA and NACF members


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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Toilets

Facilities information:

See website for details


  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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