Open Treasure is a new, world-class exhibition experience located at the heart of Durham Cathedral.
Embark on a journey of discovery through some of the most intact surviving medieval monastic buildings in the UK, from the 14th-century Monks' Dormitory to the monastic Great Kitchen, as the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed.
Museum, Heritage site, Library, Gallery
Monday to Saturday - 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Sundays - 12.30pm - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Tickets: Adults, £7.50; Children 5-18, £2.50; Under 5s, Free.
- 20 February — 10 June 2017 *on now
Monday 20 February - Saturday 10 June
The Collections Gallery, Open Treasure
An exhibition of the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated people from earliest times. From illustrations of lions and dragons in medieval manuscripts, to early printed books of natural history which feature sea serpents and wyverns alongside images of the rhinoceros or giraffe, and the ‘evidence’ presented to prove the existence of such fantastic creatures as griffins and unicorns, this display will capture the imagination!
Tickets: £2.50 - £7.50 available from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral, the Open Treasure Welcome Desk, and in advance from www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure/book
- Any age
Children (5-18): £2.50
Under 5s: Free
Magna Carta and the Forest Charters
- 19 June — 9 September 2017
This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see all three issues of Durham Cathedral’s Magna Carta, one of the most influential texts in British history and a document which still exerts influence today. The exhibition will display the only surviving copy of the 1216 issue, and further issues from 1225 and 1300. These will be displayed alongside their associated Forest Charters, from 1217, 1225 and 1300.
The Forest Charter, first issued in 1217, is a complementary charter to the Magna Carta, and in the 800th anniversary year of its first issue, this group of six documents will be displayed together for the first time, alongside an exhibition exploring the continuing significance and impact of these charters, and what they meant for Durham and the North of England.
- Any age
£2.50 Children (5 - 18)
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