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Oriental Museum, Durham

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From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia.

'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 or the Oriental Museum in the teaching of oriental languages at Durham University.
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  • I visited here to expand my knowledge of the world. There's lots of historic information about the Oriental region and surrounding SE Asia. When I visited there was also an Egyptian exhibition. This.....  more
    I visited here to expand my knowledge of the world. There's lots of historic information about the Oriental region and surrounding SE Asia. When I visited there was also an Egyptian exhibition. This.....  more »
  • A collection of Ancient Egyptian, Islamic, Indian and Chinese and other antiquities in a museum in North England. I believe that this stuff should be sent back to its countries of origin. It would be....  more
    A collection of Ancient Egyptian, Islamic, Indian and Chinese and other antiquities in a museum in North England. I believe that this stuff should be sent back to its countries of origin. It would be....  more »
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  • Fantastic museum with exciting asian and oriental collection.we all including kids loved it. They also have a little treasure hunt challenge for kids to keep them occupied and learn in that process. This museum is well kept and friendly staff too.
  • Small specialist Museum on multiple floors but with lifts. Covers Asian artifacts, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Eyptian art plus many more. There are seating areas all over the museum. There is a floor guide. I thought the collection was well signposted internally. There is a small area for self service hot drinks and snacks such as chocolate bars. There is a small shop. The Museum can be tricky to find as it is on the University campus. Use Google maps or similar to locate. It has school facilities. There is some car parking and can be accessed by public transport.

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