Oriental Museum

“Britain’s only museum of art and archaeology of the Orient” - VisitEngland Assessor


Durham, County Durham

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The Oriental Museum is home to a huge range of artworks and archaeological artifacts from the great cultures of northern Africa and Asia. Our nationally important collections are located over 4 floors, with plenty to discover about the cultures of the orient. Browse our range of oriental-inspired gifts and souvenirs, to suit all ages and pockets. Our modern café facilities provide a welcome space in which to relax during your visit.

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Oriental Museum
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DURHAM, County Durham, DH1 3TH


About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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