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Oriental Museum, Durham

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The Oriental Museum, formerly the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, is a museum of the University of Durham in England. The museum has a collection of more than 23,500 Chinese, Egyptian, Korean, Japanese and other far east and Asian artefacts. The museum was founded due to the need to house an increasing collection of Oriental artefacts used by the School of Oriental Studies, that were previously housed around the University. The Museum's Chinese and Egyptian collections are 'designated' by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) as being of "national and international importance".HistoryFounded in 1960 to support the University's teaching and research in the Oriental School the collections of the Museum have largely grown through donations and purchases to support cultural studies alongside the teaching of languages. The Museum's initial collection arose from the sale of the antiquities of Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland from Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. The collection arrived in late 1950 being initially housed in two rooms in Hatfield College. After a fire broke out in 1956 one of the rooms was returned to the college and much of the collection was placed in storage.
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  • August 17, 2017
    At £1.50 for adult entrance, I thought the museumw ould be small, but it extends over 4 floors and contains fascinating, high-quality exhibits on various oriental cultures from the middle east to the ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This is a quiet and unassuming museum with an outstanding collection that informs and thrills young and old alike, it does this by walking a fine line between something for everyone and a scholarly pr...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Have been meaning to go here for years. Finally made it today....And was not disappointed. Easy to find and parking easy. Very well laid out over four floors. Excellent displays. Exquisite pieces. 2 h...  more »
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  • This museum really worth it. Well organised, very didactic and great design.
  • A wide range of artefacts, from past to present. If you think you know everything about the Oriental world, think again. This will prove you wrong.
  • An interesting collection of well-preserved objects from 2000 BCE onwards. There was an excellent temporary photo exhibition when we visited, too. The small range of prepackaged sandwiches and snacks at the entrance was a bonus, too!
  • So much bigger than I expected from the outside. Large range of topics, good for families and even workshops from time to time.
  • A great day out option, specially with little kids!

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