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About Our Collections

The Oriental Museum is home to a huge range of artworks and archaeological artefacts from the great cultures of northern Africa and Asia. More than 36,000 objects, ranging in date from prehistory to the present day are housed in the museum’s galleries and stores.

Learn about the history of the Oriental Museum

Other collections

Durham University also holds archives and special collections at Palace Green Library, and additional museum collections at our Museum of Archaeology, Durham Castle, and in our Art Collection.  

You can access our online database to find out more about individual objects

Find out more about researching the collections