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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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  • This jewel of a museum is very interesting with Oriental & Ancient World (Egyptian) artefacts to see & sometimes handle (School trips) As it is a small museum, you can get around in a morning or after...  more »
  • Great day out. Very interesting and learnt some key facts from the past. The tour guides were truly knowledgeable and grabbed your interest from start to finish. There enthusasium made the trip. 'Well...  more »
  • a wonderful insight into oriental culture, never knew it was here and have since been back many times. Wonderful exhibitions and a great day out - and not too far from the botanical garden too!  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.