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Oriental Museum

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Fabulous museum

Probably one of the most interesting and best laid out museums we have ever visited well worth a... read more

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Catherine K
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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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Great museum

Interesting museum , friendly staff and very reasonable priced , well worth a visit , easily the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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 Oriental Museum is normally open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and...more
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Durham University Elvet Hill | Durham University, Durham DH1 3TH, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Probably one of the most interesting and best laid out museums we have ever visited well worth a second visit 10/10 for staff and exhibits.

Thank Catherine K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Interesting museum , friendly staff and very reasonable priced , well worth a visit , easily the best laid out museum that we have visited . Wonderful exhibits . The shop is good .

Thank John B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum has four floors and covers the various cultures and history really well. A great mix of exhibits. Friendly and helpful staff. Something for everyone (no lego).

Thank normannorma1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really lovely museum with excellent exhibits from around Asia. It is well laid out with plenty to see, it also has numerous activities for children to get involved in and learn from. At £1.50 for adults it is EXTREMELY good value for money. Definitely worth...More

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Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We are always delighted if our visitors have a good experience and do our best to cater for a wide range of visitors. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum full of lovely and interesting items. That give a good insight into other cultures. Staff are helpful. And there are some nice things for sale in the shop.More

Thank joseph850
Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad that you had a good visit to the Oriental Museum. We do aim to make the displays as interesting as possible to suit all ages and we also update our displays regularly to keep things interesting for repeat visitors. I hope...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is full of history of Asia, Egipt etc. There's something Interesting for adults and kids. There are also some fun games stations like oriental clothes dress up or pyramid blocks and it's great entertainment for children aged 4-15. Also from time to time...More

1  Thank lalice114
Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you had a good visit. We try to provide something for all ages in our galleries. Please do visit us again soon. Our new exhibition on 'Scaling the Heights' (Action Men figures) opens on 21st...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is well worth a visit! We had a fantastic trip. We went for the sword making workshop for kids and was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the museum. I found it very interesting, lots to learn about and there was plenty for...More

1  Thank LYPud
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

With a 3 and 5 year old in tow I dared risk a trip to the museum. There was a Teacup Travels trail to keep them amused and on each level there was dressing up, plenty of related colouring in materials and other things including...More

Thank Bubblefish77
Julia O, Administrator at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad you had an enjoyable visit with youngsters. We are very happy to see all ages enjoying the galleries and try to cater for everyone. We do run lots of activities, including free crafts for children every Saturday afternoon throughout the year...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018

Very nice and well explained egyptian to chinese collections. Kids are more than welcome. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was not over-crowded so we could spend time admiring the collections. It is free, but it deserves your donations.More

Thank adarwich
Julia O, Guest Relations Manager at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you had a good visit. Our curators are always trying to improve the collections and our Front of House are very approachable and will help if possible with any questions. There is a small admission...More

Reviewed 5 August 2018

My daughter who is twenty and I visited for the first time in about 6 years though we have benn many times when she was younger. Sarah got in for nothing as she is at Newcastle Uni and I was charged £1.50 and parked for...More

1  Thank Mark B
Julia O, Guest Relations Manager at Oriental Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Many thanks for taking time to write a lovely review. We do appreciate such positive comments. You may notice lately we are acquiring some modern pieces for our collections to keep things fresh, such as the amazing Jōmon (Blue) by Junpei Omori in our Japan...More

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Laura D
22 February 2018|
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Response from Julia O | Property representative |
Hi Laura, yes we do have a small car park just beside the museum, for about 12 cars. It is usually possible to park, but Wednesday mornings at 10am it is usually full due to our Little Dragons under 5's group. Afternoons are... More
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Roger C
12 August 2015|
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Response from AllisonPercival | Property representative |
Hi there, Just to confirm that our opening times are - Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12pm - 5pm. We hope you enjoy your visit to the Oriental Museum! Many thanks from the museum team.
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