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Durham University Museum of Archaeology

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Address: | Palace Green Library, Durham University, Durham DH1 3RN, England
Phone Number: +44 191 334 2932
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Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Museum of Archaeology's collections range from the prehistoric to the...

The Museum of Archaeology's collections range from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. A major new gallery showcasing the Museum's collections is now open at Palace Green Library. A new permanent gallery uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham. Living on the Hills explores the lives of people who have lived and visited Durham through the tools and everyday objects they used, and the art and architecture they left behind to be rediscovered. Discover Prehistoric objects found by chance at the turn of the century, Roman objects uncovered by Victorian antiquarians and Medieval objects found during 1970s archaeological excavations. Entry to the gallery is free for everyone. The previous Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology on the banks of the river Wear is now closed to the public.

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A hidden gem amongst so many on Palace Green

We have visited Durham many times, we love the cathedral and the castle. We have visited special exhibitions in the Palace Green Library and even managed once to be there at a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2016
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I dont have a problem with making history interesting for kids but to devote so much space to what is in effect something that could be done y teachers in a classroom is pitiful for a university who should be concentrating on older students The display is object poor and label rich rather than object intensive

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

We have visited Durham many times, we love the cathedral and the castle. We have visited special exhibitions in the Palace Green Library and even managed once to be there at a time when Bishop Cosin's library was open. However we have only just discovered the museum of archaeology deep within the Palace Green Library complex. What a gem -... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a very small collection in a hard to find wing of the library. The lift was out of order and it has a lot if stairs to get to. Unmanned except for a cleaner who actually hoovered my feet as I stood reading about an exhibit. It has been set up to take schools but I would not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Accommodated within the library the archaeological displays were very interesting indeed covering from pre Roman times up to 20thC. Fascinating to see so many of the artefacts on display and read about the area and its development. Easily spend a lot of time there as so much to see and read. Fortunately, fold away stools are provided to make it... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Just off Saddler Street down from the bridge but is difficult to find. It is very small but has some very unusual items from Roman times.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Not really into archaeology but the setting is so nice it is difficult not to pay the small entry fee just to look round

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

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.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Lots to do and see, excellent interactive exhibits upstairs for the kids - really engaging. Informative, interesting, and does a great job bringing history to life.

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

it is a very interesting place on the river I was with a group of children who found it fun and interesting not for young very children I don't think

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