Open Treasure

Open Treasure
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Library, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday - 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Sundays - 12.30pm - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)

Admission charges

Tickets: Adults, £7.50; Children 5-18, £2.50; Under 5s, Free.

Collection details

Archaeology, Fine Art, Personalities

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

The Treasures of St. Cuthbert

  • 29 July 2017 — 29 July 2018 *on now

A rare collection of some of the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the UK, including St Cuthbert's preserved wooden coffin and his exquisite gold and garnet pectoral cross. Also on display will be the ivory comb and portable altar buried alongside St Cuthbert, Anglo-Saxon vestments gifted to his Shrine, and the original Sanctuary Ring.

See this extraordinary collection on permanent display in the stunning Great Kitchen with its distinctive octagonal rib-vaulted ceiling, one of only two surviving monastic kitchens in the UK.

Visitors to The Treasures of St Cuthbert can also enjoy access to the other Open Treasure exhibition spaces, including the spectacular Monks' Dormitory and the rolling programme of exhibitions in the Collections Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 Childrem (5-18)
£6 Concessions
£7.50 Adults

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/treasures-of-st-cuthbert

Joyful Noise

Making a Joyful Noise! Music at Durham Cathedral

  • 19 September — 19 November 2017 *on now

There is a lively tradition of music at Durham, from the earliest days of the monastery through to the present. Music speaks to us at sad times and joyful times, it can inspire, uplift and revive the spirit. Always central, music still forms a vibrant part of life and worship at the Cathedral. This exhibition traces how that tradition has grown and changed over the centuries.

Featuring music manuscripts and early-printed books, it will explore the range of music used from medieval times to the present day, including pieces composed in or specially for Durham. It will also look at some of the instruments used to create that music, and how this has changed over the centuries.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 Children (5-18)
£6 Concessions
£7.50 Adults

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/makingajoyfulnoise

Saintly Sisters

Saintly Sisters

  • 28 November 2017 — 17 February 2018

This exhibition will focus on the lives and legacies of female saints with a particular link to Durham or the North; well-known figures such as St Hild and St Margaret, but also some who are today less well-known, such as St Osana and St Ebbe. Find out who these women were, how they came to be saints, and why they were so highly regarded across the region. The exhibition will also explore the significance of these saints to female medieval pilgrims, and the continuing pilgrimage tradition at Durham Cathedral.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 Children (5-18)
£6 Concessions
£7.50 Adults

Website

https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson/saintlysisters

Open Treasure
Durham Cathedral
The College
Durham
DH1 3EH
England

Website

www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure

E-mail

enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk

enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Telephone

0191 386 4266

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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