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Oriental Museum, Durham
(4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • this museum puzzles me as much as it's artifacts do. The layout is eccentric and odd but its full of interesting bits and pieces, definitely worth a look. it has to be seen to be believed. 
  • The permanent collection is good - I knew very little about this before I went - but the highlights for me were the temporary ones. Photos from 1916 of Darfur showed some history I had never appreciat...  more »
  • In the oriental museum the staff were very kind,It was the best museum visit i had in my life! The display had every single item a museum should have. It has mummies and greek God statues and it teach...  more »
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  • The museum opens out inside over multiple floors offering a extensive range of Oriental history. Enjoyed an afternoon here.
  • A hidden gem. An exotic mix of art, archaelogy and history.
  • Really fascinating old fashioned museum, covering a variety of different cultures and time periods. Exhibits are interesting and varied with plenty to look at. Easy to look round in a day and still have time to visit the botanical gardens for a cuppa afterwards.
  • Love it well worth the £1.50 entrance
  • Lovely museum concentrating on a single topic and covers it well. An inexpensive day out, family ticket £3.50. Kids quiz to keep them amused.