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 Cecily de Neville, the Rose of Raby and Richard, Duke of York 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.
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The current special exhibition is 'The Changing World', an exploration of Durham City from 1900 to the 1920s.

A new acquisition is the old font from the church of St Mary the Less, South Bailey.

Opening times:-

April & May: Weekends and Bank Holidays 2.00pm to 4.30pm

June: Daily 2.00pm to 4.30pm

July, August & September: Daily 11.00am to 4.30pm

October: Weekends 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Admission:-

Adults £2.50
Concessions £2.00
Children 50p