We've got lots of exciting exhibitions planned for 2017/2018.

To take advantage of our rolling programme of exhibitions, why not purchase an Open Treasure annual pass? 

Open Treasure Annual Pass
Adults - £15
Children - £5
Students, Unwaged, Friends of Durham Cathedral, Members of Durham Cathedral Choir Associaton, Cathedral Volunteers - £12 

Available online, from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral and from the Open Treasure exhibition spaces. If you've already purchased a single ticket you can up-grade to an annual pass at the end of your visit.

Please note Open Treasure will be closed from Sunday 10 September to Monday 18 September, and from Monday 20 November to Monday 27 November whilst we change rolling exhibitions in the Collections Gallery.  


Take a journey through time with our permanent exhibition in the Monks' Dormitory, revealing the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections. 

Admire the Cathedral's spectacular collection of Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking stones and discover 2,000 years of history through a series of interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Sights, sounds and smells will evoke life in a medieval monastery, bringing history to life in the magnificent setting of the fourteenth-century Monks' Dormitory where the monks of Durham Cathedral once slept.


19 September – 19 November 2017

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.
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 or 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.

Spring 2018

Explore this extraordinary royal dynasty, the key figures within it, and the changes wrought during their reigns. From the Dissolution of the Monasteries, to the founding of the Church of England and the Reformation, places like Durham Cathedral were shaped by their actions, and their impact continues to be felt to the present day.
Summer 2018

2018 sees two significant anniversaries within the heritage of coalmining: 75 years since the founding of The Bevan Boys and, more poignantly, 25 years since the closure of the last colliery in the County Durham coalfield. This exhibition explores the enduring legacy of coalmining among the communities of Durham and the north east.
Autumn 2018

On 11 November 1918 an armistice ended the war in Western Europe, although peace would not fully return for many more months. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of this momentous event, this exhibition explores what it meant for the people of Durham and the north east as World War I ended, soldiers came home, and peace was gradually restored.


The Great Kitchen is now the permanent home of The Treasures of St Cuthbert, some of the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon treasures in the UK! Some of these objects were found in his tomb when it was opened in 1827, including fragments of his Anglo-Saxon wooden coffin, embroidered vestments, and of course the famous pectoral cross of St Cuthbert. 

We hope you enjoy your visit!