Plan Your Visit
Find out everything you need to know to get the most from our visit: how to find us, opening times and more. Plus, everything you need to know if you or anyone in your group has any special needs or requirements.
‘The Orient’ is not an area with defined geographical boundaries. The term can mean widely differing things to different people. In the case of the Oriental Museum, the definition is a wide one indeed, with the collections covering a huge area from North Africa to South East Asia. This is the legacy of the origins of the Oriental Museum in the teaching of oriental languages at Durham University.
Celebrating Bangladeshi independenceSunday 26 March, 20231:00 PM to 3:00 PMOriental Museum
Contemporary Wood-carved NetsukeFriday 20 January, 20239:00 AM to 4:00 PMOriental Museum
Guardians of the Silk Road's Heritage: Women of the mountains of Central AsiaSaturday 1 October, 202210:00 AM to 4:00 PMOriental Museum
Celebrating Bangladeshi independence
Contemporary Wood-carved Netsuke
Guardians of the Silk Road's Heritage: Women of the mountains of Central Asia
Special exhibitions and events
Current highlights at the Oriental Museum.
‘There was light’: Amunhotep III and his Dazzling AgeUsing the collections of the Oriental Museum, this exhibition focuses on the family of Tutankhamun and the courtiers who surrounded them.
Guardians of the Silk Road’s Heritage: Women of the mountains of Central AsiaShowcasing the artists and craftswomen who are preserving traditional knowledge and skills and popularising Central Asian folk art.
Holi FestivalWelcome in the spring season at Holi, the Festival of Colours. Book your tickets now for this special day.
‘There was light’: Amunhotep III and his Dazzling Age
Guardians of the Silk Road’s Heritage: Women of the mountains of Central Asia
Find out more about the history of the museum and our collections.
JapanThe fastest growing collection boosted by significant recent donations of ceramics and woodblock prints.
Search our collections
We welcome anyone who wishes to study our collections. Find out more about searching our collections online and how to make a research appointment.
We support learning, teaching and research across the University and worldwide. Find out more about some of our major international partnerships.
National Museum of Japanese HistoryBringing together specialists from the Oriental Museum and the National Museum of Japanese History to work on a wide range of projects.
Palace Museum BeijingBringing together two world renowned centres of research and excellence for the first time.
University of MalayaCurators at the Oriental Museum have been working with the University of Malaya to research important Chinese ceramics collections.
National Museum of Japanese History
Palace Museum Beijing
University of Malaya
Botanic GardenSet amongst beautiful mature woodlands, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover.
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor CentreFind out everything you need to know to make the most of your visit to Durham.
Durham CastleSitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site and occupied continuously since the 11th century.
Set amongst beautiful mature woodlands, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover.
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre