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:

We are open every week Wednesday to Sunday, from April until October, plus Bank Holidays, 11am to 4.30pm.

Admission Charges:

Adults: £5
Students: £2.50
Children (under 16): free.


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

A Special Exhibition called 'How Historic Durham Survived the 20th Century' is on display throughout 2023.