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.
Image of an early manuscript


  • 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

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults: £7.50
Concessions: £6
Children (5-18): £2.50
Under 5s: Free


image of written text from the 1216 issue Magna Carta

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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


Open Treasure
Durham Cathedral
The College




0191 386 4266

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