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Museum of Archaeology

| Durham University, Palace Green Library, Durham DH1 3RN, England
+44 191 334 2932
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Relocated and much more modern

Until recently this museum was located in a mill on the river. Now it is centrally located so is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sheepygold
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london
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Loved it!

We very much enjoyed their permanent exhibit "Living on the Hills - 10,000 years of Durham". A... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2018
krhoda
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Hiram, Maine
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The Museum of Archaeology's collections range from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. A major new gallery showcasing the Museum's collections is now open at Palace Green Library. A new permanent gallery uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham. Living on the Hills explores the lives of people who have lived and visited Durham through the tools and everyday objects they used, and the art and architecture they left behind to be rediscovered. Discover Prehistoric objects found by chance at the turn of the century, Roman objects uncovered by Victorian antiquarians and Medieval objects found during 1970s archaeological excavations. Entry to the gallery is free for everyone. The previous Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology on the banks of the river Wear is now closed to the public.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Until recently this museum was located in a mill on the river. Now it is centrally located so is far more accessible. It is small and well laid out covering Durham from prehistoric days to modernity. I would allow 30 minutes maximum.

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Reviewed February 10, 2018

We very much enjoyed their permanent exhibit "Living on the Hills - 10,000 years of Durham". A school group came in while we were there, and we enjoyed seeing what a child-friendly space it is.

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

After our Castle tour we decided to have a quick look round the Archaeology Museum. It isn't very big but has a lot of interesting artifacts.

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Reviewed September 27, 2017

A very informative and well kept exhibition of artifacts and historical information. Good for young and old.

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Durham C, Manager at Museum of Archaeology, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

Thank you for your review of the Museum of Archaeology. We are glad you enjoyed the displays and endeavour to make the museum as interesting as possible to all ages.

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Reviewed August 24, 2017

This is a very well-explained Archeology museum, and very conveniently placed, in its new site at Palace Green. We particularly were interested in the iron age and Roman period and it didn't disappoint.More

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Durham C, Manager at Museum of Archaeology, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

Thank you for your review, we are pleased you think the new location is convenient and we appreciate feedback from visitors. We do have a strong Roman collection and the recent addition of the Lanchester Diploma has certainly added to the displays. We also details...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2017

Interesting exhibits housed upstairs in the Palace Green Library building. Fossils etc well displayed.

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Reviewed March 31, 2017

The palace Green Library houses a superb exhibition. The Living on the Hills, 10,000 years of Durham exhibits are free to view and are well worth visiting.

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Reviewed January 5, 2017

he good news is that it is free. The exhibits were interesting. However, the lighting when we were there was so bad that many of the smaller objects were impossible to see: peering at dark silhouettes was frustrating and uninformative. Maybe the lights were turned...More

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Julia O, Manager at Museum of Archaeology, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2017

We were disappointed to hear your difficulty with the lighting. However, you should be pleased to hear that we have now replaced many of the bulbs with new LED's in the cases, which makes a great difference to the lighting levels. I hope you will...More

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Reviewed September 27, 2016

Exhibition was fairly comprehensive. Could have done with a local map to indicate whereabouts of sites/finds. Also interspersed with WW1 items. Confusing having sign to Museum pointing down to the river!

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Reviewed September 1, 2016

The first thing to say is that if you come out of the Cathedral heading for the Museum of Archaeology then don't follow the sign pointing down a path to your left. It appears that is where it used to be but it is now...More

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Julia O, Front Office Manager at Museum of Archaeology, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2016

Thank you for your review. We hope that the collection is interesting, but due to the conservation needs of the objects the lights are kept low. At the moment the touch screen includes the community curated exhibition Munitionettes & Miners' which was created by students,...More

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