New Special Exhibition: How Historic Durham Survived the 20th Century ...


A small selection of items from our extensive collections.
Relive the story of Durham from Medieval times to the 20th century in this excellent local history Museum. Enjoy models of the medieval city and 19th century Market Place and explore the reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell.

Displays describe the origins and development of the city and many fascinating objects illustrate domestic life, social life and the lost trades and industries. Two recent additions are stained glass windows of Ralph de Neville and Cecily de Neville, 'the Rose of Raby' by William Collins, 1824, originally in a room at Brancepeth Castle.

The museum is situated in an historic Grade I Listed Building, close to the Cathedral, once the parish church of the North Bailey. It was rebuilt in the 17th Century and retains impressive woodwork from that period. The churchyard is now the museum garden and contains two important sculptures by renowned local artist Fenwick Lawson.

The museum shop has a range of local history books, postcards, souvenirs and gifts for all ages. There is also a selection of replica brasses from English churches to allow you to make a unique brass rubbing.


Opening Times:

Open at Weekends & Bank Holidays in April and May.

Open Wednesday to Sunday in June, July, August and September.

Open August Bank Holiday Monday & Weekends in October.

Opening hours 11am to 4.30pm.

Admission Charges:

Adults £2.50
Concessions £2.00
Children £1.00


See the report and photos of a recent reception at Durham Museum.

A new Special Exhibition called 'How Historic Durham Survived the 20th Century' opens on 17th June and will remain on display until summer 2023.