Durham Heritage Centre and Museum

Durham Heritage Centre and Museum
St Mary-le-Bow
North Bailey

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014






0191 384 5589

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Durham Heritage Centre and Museum tells the story of the City of Durham from medieval times to the present day. The museum is situated in the redundant Church of St Mary-le-Bow, close to the World Heritage Site of the Cathedral and Castle.

A visit to the Museum with its stimulating exhibitions, models, hands-on activities and videos is the perfect introduction to Durham. Displays describe the origins and development of the city and there are many fascinating objects that illustrate everyday life from the 17th century to the present day. The Museum is County Durham's only brass rubbing centre.

There is also an exciting programme of activities for school visits and frequent temporary exhibitions.

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Opening hours

Sat-Sun 1400-1630
Daily 1400-1630
Daily 1100-1630

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War, Personalities, Archives, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, St Mary-le-Bow

  • 11 September 2014

St Mary-le-Bow was once the parish church of North Bailey, closed in 1968, and now leased to the Bow Trust who run it as a museum of local and social history of the City of Durham. The building has medieval origins but was restored in the 17th century following the collapse of the tower. It is Grade I listed and contains fine woodwork influenced by Bishop John Cosin.
The Museum has displays and collections from the 17th century to the present day, a special exhibition ' the Changing World, Durham 1900-1920' and a garden with two sculptures by the local artist Fenwick Lawson.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings. The back garden of The Orangery has been transformed this summer by Swing It! an
interactive outdoor art installation commissioned by Beam. This exciting new artwork
for Wakefield offers a unique experience in the heart of the city, encouraging play,
creativity, and inspiration