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Open Treasure: Restoration, Redesign, Renovation: Durham Cathedral in the 19th century

Monday 27 January to Sunday 10 May at 12:00 AM

After a period of ‘misguided stewardships and carelessness’, the 19th century was a time for restoration and redevelopment at Durham Cathedral. The goal was to make the cathedral more welcoming to worshippers, pilgrims and tourists alike. This temporary exhibition in Open Treasure, the cathedral's museum, explores some of the ways this was achieved and the people involved who helped to shape the cathedral as we know it today.

Open Treasure is Durham Cathedral's award-winning interactive museum for all ages. Step into the Monks’ Dormitory to discover the sights, smells and sounds of a medieval monastery, learn something new in our ever-changing exhibitions and marvel at the treasures of St Cuthbert in the Great Kitchen. Dressing up activities bring Durham Cathedral’s history to life and kids will love our explorer backpacks, exhibition trails and much more!


Open Treasure is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) and Sunday, 12.30pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Open Treasure tickets: £2.50 - £7.50. Under 5s free, family ticket £17.50. 50% discount with an Art Pass or English Heritage membership. Tickets available from the cathedral's visitor desk or in advance from our Open Treasure pages.