Oriental Museum Overview

Oriental Museum is a very famous small specialty museum that houses various attractive exhibits from Egypt, India, Japan, and China. These fantastic tourist places to visit in Durham contain a massive range of beautifully curated artifacts and accompany videos, commentaries, etc. Oriental Museum is divided into four levels with a small café where you can grab soft drinks, coffee, etc.

Oriental Museum is one of the best museums in Durham, which features exhibits related to textile and costume, applied and decorative art, medals and coins, world cultures, archaeology, weapon and religion, and the war. 

Key themes, exhibits, and people in the Oriental Museum include Henry de Laszlo's Chinese collection and designated collection, Welcome collection of ancient Egyptian objects, Malcolm MacDonald's collection of Chinese ceramics, Sir Charles Harding's collection of bronzes and jades, Collection of Egyptian antiquities, and Fourth Duke of the Northumberland’s.

The Oriental Museum, initially known as the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, is located at Durham’s University of England. From Ancient to Modern China, Oriental Museum is the only museum in Northern England that devotes purely to the archaeology and art of the great cultures of Asia and Northern Africa. 

It also houses a massive collection from North Africa to SouthEast Asia. Oriental Museum is one of the easily accessible places to go in Durham, where you can travel back in time to explore history.   

Location - Elvet Hill Rd, South Rd, Durham DH1 3TH, United Kingdom

Timings – Tuesday to Friday – 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, Saturday & Sunday – 12.00 PM to 5.00 PM, Monday closed

Entry Fees (if Applicable) – Free of cost, but you need to book a time slot.

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• There are various family activities that you can enjoy at the Oriental Museum, including the Egyptian-themed family photos.
• Enjoy poetic performances by the non-binary and female dancers and musicians at different levels of the Oriental Museum.
• Celebrate the Korean harvest moon festival by exploring a day of performances, workshops, a day of talks, etc., at the museum.
• There are many guided tours that you can enjoy at the Oriental Museum; some of them are ‘around the world in 90 minutes, desire, love, identity – an LGBTQ tour to the British Museum, and an out of hours tour of life and death in ancient Egypt. 

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