Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum, Durham: Hours, Address, Oriental Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Oriental Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Oriental Museum has been closed to the public since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. During this time, staff have been carrying out improvements and working tirelessly to ensure the necessary safety measures are in place to be able to welcome back visitors. The Oriental Museum is now open and is offering free entry to all visitors (with a ticket). You will be required to pre-book a 2-hour timeslot and follow newly implemented safety measures to ensure the museum remains Covid-secure. In line with the Government's social contact limits, the rule of six or two households, will be in place for bookings. Our new opening times are 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Friday and 12pm-4pm, Saturday to Sunday. We will remain closed for now on Mondays and Tuesdays to allow us to meet our university teaching commitments and the café and shop will remain closed. Ticket bookings are now open on our website, with slots released one week in advance.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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dawmouse
Shropshire, UK103 contributions
Dec 2021
Interesting museum with many lovely exhibits, hidden away on the edge of Durham centre. Its free to enter so its one not to miss & we spent about 2 hours there. Staff very welcoming & helpful. About a 20 min walk from the cathedral.
Written December 29, 2021
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Steve-and-Andie
Lancaster, UK3,270 contributions
Sep 2021
Well, what a find. Excellent museum with so many fascinating displays of art and archaeology from countries of North Africa and the whole of Asia. It's just not possible to take it all in during one visit.
Free to enter and online booking recommended. Free parking on site.
A little gem not to be missed.
Written October 14, 2021
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Thank you so much for your visit and lovely review! I am pleased that you came to visit us and hopefully this is your first visit of many.
Written October 20, 2021
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sheepygold
london4,830 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We booked tickets in advance to come today and only had an hour and a quarter so we spent most of the time in the Chinese section on the lowest floor which to my mind is the highlight of the collection. The objects on display are amazing. The only problem at the minute is that due to Covid there is very little printed information to read about the objects and you need to use a QR code which is good in theory but is rather clumsy in practice.
Written September 30, 2021
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Thank you for your visit to the Oriental Museum. We hope that you can come back again soon to visit the rest of the museum as there is still so much to see! We are gradually bringing back labelling that will hopefully make your experience even more enjoyable next time.
Written October 20, 2021
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alexineberry
Clitheroe, UK202 contributions
Sep 2021
Excellent museum. Only problem with the displays are some of them only have QR codes and we are old school and did not have the ability.
Written September 16, 2021
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Thank you for your visit to the Oriental Museum. We took the option to present the case information via QR codes to prevent the handling of outer case labelling but from feedback received we are looking to bring back the outer and provide some extra inner case labelling but keep the QR codes so people can also view the information from home. Hopefully providing both options visitors will have a choice how to view the objects in the case and also have some lovely memories to look back upon.
Written October 20, 2021
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jayanthikp
Inverness, UK51 contributions
Jun 2021
Nice and cosy museum with some good exhibits. Probably they can improve their collection . worth spending 2-3 hours here
Written July 30, 2021
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Thank you for your visit. I hope you are able to come back to see the completed Silk Roads Gallery early Autumn.
Written August 5, 2021
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KAV1474cmp4
Dundee, UK62 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Beautiful exhibit. Very interesting, lots to see, and educational. Well laid out and plenty of time given to see everything.
Highly recommend
Written July 9, 2021
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Thank you very much for your visit, we hope to see you again soon!
Written August 5, 2021
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Brian P
Plymouth, UK64 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
I recommend this museum to anyone with an interest in oriental art.

Although the collection focuses mainly on China, both ancient and modern, there are many artefacts from adjoining cultures that point at the spread of knowledge and skills across the ancient world.

Admittedly I am a fan of Chinese ceramics, so the tracing of styles and techniques from one dynasty to another and the changing palettes associated with each transition I found most interesting.

The influence of China on Vietnamese and Korean cultures is marked, but clearly skilled artisans in those countries were inspired to replicate and then transform those influences to reflect their own desires.

The Japanese section is relatively small and only recently on display, but the modern ceramics and show continue the tradition of beauty and functionality in Japanese life. Rudyard Kipling described Japan as an island of artistry when he visited in the 19th century and it remains so.

There collection also covers trade and religious impacts from Egypt through India to other countries along the silk trade routes.

Would I like to visit for longer and study more closely the objects on display? Undoubtedly and it was frustrating to be limited to a two hour slot courtesy of current restrictions.

However, a great museum and a lovely display of beautiful artefacts.
Written July 3, 2021
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Thank you for your visit and your review which will be very helpful to future visitors. As the museum is currently free entry I hope you can come back soon to study the objects on display that you may not have time to see. Thanks again!
Written August 5, 2021
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Maureen C
Ripon, UK22 contributions
Feb 2020
A wonderful feast for the eyes from ancient artifacts to the current era. Beautifully displayed items covering a range of materials, beautiful pottery, precious jewels luxurious fabrics. The museum is quite small but full of interesting items to see. Only downside for the less active visitors is the very small car park, but there is a Park and Ride about half a mile away.
Written February 28, 2020
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chipadvisor93
Port Louis33 contributions
Dec 2019
thank you to my mother for introducing me to this treasure trove of world history... just incredible and somewhere anyone who loves life should visit....
Written December 10, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We are excited to be creating a brand new gallery on the Silk Roads, opening at the end of May, so keep an eye on the website for developments.
Written January 18, 2020
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panda
5 contributions
Sep 2019
The oriental museum is not huge, but has a mass of objects from the tiniest to huge displays. They are well set out, to see timelines and regions. You will always learn something. very educational, and a well curated gift shop for further reading for kids and adults. Well worth a visit, inspiring.
Written November 6, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review. We are looking forward to opening our new gallery on 29th May 2020 so hopefully there will be even more interesting objects to enjoy and learn about. Hope to see you back again next year.
Written December 20, 2019
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Oriental Museum is open:
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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