Oriental Museum

County Durham, DH1 3TH

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Home to amazing artefacts from across Japan, China, Egypt, Korea and the Indian subcontinent.

Part of the University of Durham, the museum was founded due to the need to house an increasing collection of artefacts used by the School of Oriental Studies.

The museum holds more than 23,500 Asian objects, including works of art, textiles, fashion and domestic goods.

Of particular note are its Chinese and Egyptian collections, which have been designated as being of 'national and international importance' by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Rooms celebrating Korean and Japanese culture were opened in 2013, featuring contemporary Korean and Japanese material, Edo period wood block prints, anime movie cells, vintage kimonos and ceramics. The museum also purchased a completely new authentic set of Japanese samurai armour, made in traditional style.

Art we’ve helped buy at Oriental Museum

A collection of contemporary Japanese woodblock prints were acquired by the Oriental Museum with the support of the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The 12 woodblock prints and 11 woodblocks were produced by Nana Shiomi , a contemporary exponent of Japanese woodblock printing.

Shiomi uses the same methods of printing as the traditional ukiyo-e printers, combined with modern techniques and materials.

The prints, which depict traditional Japanese screens, a tea whisk and a tea bowl, were selected to specifically relate to a range of similar artefacts currently held within the museum’s collection.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm Sat – Sun, 12noon – 5pm Closed between Christmas and New Year

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)