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Oriental Museum, Durham

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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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  • We love this place. If you're a fan of oriental art and history it's a real treat, brilliant collection, well explained, with constantly changing elements. Inexpensive but very rewarding place t o spe...  read more »
  • Very nicely laid out with good explanations. Well worth a visit. There is parking right by the door. 
  • Fabulous interesting exhibition something for all the family. A true insight into the ancient cultures of the Far East, China, Japan, Korea, and India. A must see exhibition for everyone. The exhibiti...  read more »
  • 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.
  • A hidden gem. An exotic mix of art, archaelogy and history.
  • Love it well worth the £1.50 entrance
  • One of the only museums I never get bored of visiting. It hasn't changed a lot over the years but still remains interesting! You can get round it all in a couple of hours, and they sometimes have events and activity days too. Highly recommend visiting at least once!
  • 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.
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