The Museum

The Building

The Bow Trust


Durham Museum is located in the City of Durham, England. Founded in 1976, the museum occupies the redundant church of St Mary-le-Bow which is next to the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle.

The museum presents the history of the Durham from medieval times to the present day. It contains a variety of objects, models, pictures and audio-visual materials. These displays, together with the accompanying text, provide the visitor with an overview of life, labour and leisure in this ancient fortified city, major centre of pilgrimage and capital of the Prince Bishops of Durham.

On one side of the museum is a garden which is open to visitors when the weather permits. In the garden are two superb works by renowned local sculptor, Fenwick Lawson.

Durham museum also features a centre for making brass rubbings and a small shop.