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The Bowes Museum

From £6.00
Newgate
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Tel: +44 01833 690606

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The Bowes Museum

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£10.50 per ticket type
Concession£9.50 per ticket type
Students (on production of Student Card)£6.00 per ticket type

Children under 16 free. Six month admission pass £16, Students (on production of Student Card) £6. Groups or 12+ £7 per person

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS

Awards

  • Visit England Code of Practice 2016
  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    744
  • Very Good
    305
  • Average
    89
  • Poor
    26
  • Terrible
    9

Recent Reviews:

  • Kay T
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Beautiful
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    Well worth a visit lots of floors that you can see some great art. The Swan is worth seeing check the time when it's switched on. Gardens are lovely for a walk. Lots of parking toilets small shop. Read full review
  • Sandra S
    West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Bowes museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    Very enjoyable visit. Lovely artwork of josephine bowes and A very interesting story about josephine and her husband john. Read full review
  • KristalB58
    Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A Must Visit Place in Barnard Castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    Great place for a visit with lots of different rooms to explore, a children's discovery area and a really nice cafe. Its the sort of place you can go to time and time again and see something new... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan. Cafe opening 1000-1630. Shop opening 1000-1645.

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Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Sunday, 9th July 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting the Theatre: Garrick in ActionThis exhibition will celebrate England’s best-known eighteenth-century actor, David Garrick, marking the 300th anniversary of his birth. The Bowes Museum recently acquired two paintings by Johann Zoffany commissioned by Garrick, representing him in action.
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Saturday, 29th July 2017 - Sunday, 5th November 2017

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Saturday, 29th July 2017 - Sunday, 5th November 2017

The Bowes Museum - The Clockwork GardenAn immersive and interactive installation full of strange metallic fronds, glimmering animations and whirring sounds.
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Saturday, 14th July 2018 - Sunday, 30th September 2018

The Bowes Museum – The BFG in PicturesThe BFG in Pictures, which tours from the House of Illustration is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG. The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, will contain 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG.
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Thursday, 7th September 2017 - Thursday, 7th September 2017

The Bowes Museum - Gallery Talk with Assistant Curator of Fine Art Bernadette Petti Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to explore the recent acquisition St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by the workshop of Dieric Bouts, now on display in the Museum’s picture galleries. 2:15pm.
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Tuesday, 30th May 2017 - Tuesday, 30th May 2017

The Bowes Museum - Ready, Steady, Action Family Fun Day!During this fun packed day of drop-in activities you can listen to Tillytoo Tales performing her fantastic stories and try a variety of theatre inspired crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Wednesday, 31st May 2017 - Wednesday, 31st May 2017

The Bowes MuseumThe Bowes Museum - Fantastic Founders: John and Josephine BowesLearn about the founders of the Museum, John & Joséphine Bowes, in this interactive drop-in workshop before exploring their amazing collection. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Thursday, 1st June 2017 - Friday, 2nd June 2017

The Bowes Museum - Fun with ClayExplore and sketch in the ceramics galleries before creating your very own clay creation in this fun workshop. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.
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Monday, 12th June 2017 - Monday, 12th June 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Colour Themed PaintingsJoin artist Linda Birch to explore painting with new and limited colour combinations. Many of the best paintings are those with a limited number of colours (for example Thomas Girtin only used five).
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Friday, 21st July 2017 - Friday, 21st July 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Line & Wash IllustrationJoin artist Linda Birch to develop a character, human or animal, which is suitable for a child’s picture book.
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Friday, 4th August 2017 - Friday, 4th August 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Plein Air PaintingEnjoy a day in The Bowes Museum grounds with artist Linda Birch to paint in the style of the Impressionists.
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Friday, 15th September 2017 - Friday, 15th September 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Tulip FeverJoin artist Linda Birch to make a vibrant tissue collage painting using tulips, in celebration of the Turkish Tulips exhibition.
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Monday, 23rd October 2017 - Monday, 23rd October 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Still Life in PastelJoin artist Linda Birch to create a still life painting, using the many examples in The Bowes Museum’s collection as inspiration.
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Monday, 20th November 2017 - Monday, 20th November 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Gentle Abstract in Coloured PencilJoin artist Linda Birch to make an abstract work by adapting a painting from The Bowes collection, experimenting with colour and shape.
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Friday, 8th December 2017 - Friday, 8th December 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Doll's House DiptychJoin artist Linda Birch to make a miniature painting with doors on the theme of a dolls house, richly coloured in watercolours or acrylic.
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Tuesday, 25th July 2017 - Tuesday, 25th July 2017

The Bowes Museum - Wild Birds: Family Fun DayCome and join this fun packed day of drop-in activities for all the family. Watch the Walworth Castle Birds of Prey display in the Museum grounds before taking part in a variety of bird themed crafts and exploring the galleries with a themed trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom...
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Monday, 31st July 2017 - Friday, 4th August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Terrific TulipsTo celebrate the opening of the Turkish Tulips exhibition try a variety of tulip themed crafts including printing and 3D paper sculpture. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Monday, 7th August 2017 - Friday, 11th August 2017

The Bowes Museum - Picture PerfectTake your time and sketch your favourite painting in the galleries before recreating it in this fun drop-in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Monday, 14th August 2017 - Tuesday, 15th August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Simple and SparklyExplore the Museum with a themed trail before designing and making a simple piece of sparkly jewellery for you or a loved one in this fun drop-in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Friday, 18th August 2017 - Friday, 18th August 2017

The Bowes Museum - Design a RobotRobots are the theme for this day of drop in fun. See a selection of robots in our toy gallery before trying a variety of themed crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Wednesday, 23rd August 2017 - Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

The Bowes Museum - Picnic in the ParkBring a picnic and spend the day in the grounds of The Bowes Museum. Children, who must be accompanied by an adult, can try orienteering and a simple craft activity as well as playing in the park.
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Thursday, 24th August 2017 - Friday, 25th August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Printing FunTry printing in this fun drop-in workshop suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Wednesday, 30th August 2017 - Wednesday, 30th August 2017

The Bowes Museum - RomansLearn about the Romans and take part in a variety of themed crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Thursday, 31st August 2017 - Thursday, 31st August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Terrific TudorsMeet a Tudor maid and learn about a Tudor feast before making a herb filled bag called a tussy-mussy and creating a Tudor inspired headdress to wear! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Friday, 1st September 2017 - Friday, 1st September 2017

The Bowes Museum - VictoriansTry a variety of Victorian themed crafts including writing with a dippy pen and learn how to make a proddy mat. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Monday, 23rd October 2017 - Monday, 23rd October 2017

The Bowes Museum – Silver SpidersInspired by our Silver and Metals gallery, children can try a variety of fun crafts on a spider theme. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Friday, 27th October 2017 - Friday, 27th October 2017

The Bowes Museum - Planting TulipsBe inspired by the Turkish Tulips exhibition and plant a tulip in the Museum grounds before creating a watercolour painting to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Thursday, 3rd August 2017 - Thursday, 3rd August 2017

The Bowes Museum - Silk Painting: Turkish TulipsExplore and sketch in the Turkish Tulips exhibition before learning how to create a silk painting to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Suitable for 11 -18+ (minors need not be accompanied by an adult).
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Friday, 4th August 2017 - Friday, 4th August 2017

The Bowes Museum - Felting: Turkish TulipsJoin us for this wet felting workshop and create a colourful 2D tulip to take home. During the workshop you will also have the opportunity to explore and sketch in the Turkish Tulips exhibition. Booking required on 01833 690606. Suitable for 11 - 18+ (minors need not be accompanied by an adult).
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Monday, 7th August 2017 - Friday, 11th August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Summer School: Arts AwardIf you enjoy art this is the perfect Summer School for you! Throughout the week you will explore different parts of the Museum’s amazing collections via a variety of craft activities. As well as being a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills and get your creative juices flowing, you will...
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Wednesday, 16th August 2017 - Wednesday, 16th August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Teddy Bears' PicnicBring along your favourite bear and take part in our teddy bears’ picnic! Children and parents will also have the opportunity to explore the Museum, make a ‘crafty’ creation, and enjoy a play and song time. Booking required on 01833 690606. Suitable for children under 5 who must be accompanied by...
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The Bowes Museum - Tick Tock!Back by popular demand. Explore the Museum and see how many clocks you can see before decorating your very own working clock to take home! Booking required on 01833 690606. Suitable for children aged 5+ who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.
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Wednesday, 25th October 2017 - Thursday, 26th October 2017

The Bowes Museum - Halloween CraftsBe brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.
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Tuesday, 29th August 2017 - Tuesday, 29th August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Stone Age to Iron AgeSee a variety of Stone, Bronze and Iron Age artefacts in the galleries before making a clay pot in the style of a Bronze Age beaker. Booking required on 01833 690606. Suitable for children aged 5+ who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.
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Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 - Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

The Bowes Museum - Roll Up, Roll Up Family Fun Day!Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop-in activities on a circus theme, guaranteed to entertain the whole family! Learn some new circus skills and be ready to be entertained. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Tuesday, 24th October 2017 - Tuesday, 24th October 2017

The Bowes Museum - Spooky Folk Tales Family Fun Day!Popular storyteller Adam Bushnell is back, telling his spooky tales which are being published in his new book Durham Folk Tales. In addition, families are able to take part in a fun packed day of craft activities linked to the stories! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal...
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Saturday, 16th December 2017 - Sunday, 17th December 2017

The Bowes Museum - Christmas MarketThe annual Christmas Market will take place this weekend... watch this space for further details!
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Wednesday, 26th July 2017 - Wednesday, 26th July 2017

The Bowes Museum - Silk Painting: AnimalsSketch your favourite animal in the Museum galleries and transform it into a spectacular silk painting to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Suitable for children aged 6+ who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.
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Wednesday, 26th July 2017 - Wednesday, 26th July 2017

The Bowes Museum - Silk Painting: AnimalsSketch your favourite animal in the Museum galleries and transform it into a spectacular silk painting to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Suitable for children aged 6+ who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.
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Saturday, 20th May 2017 - Sunday, 16th July 2017

Celebrating the Life and World of Joséphine Bowes at The Bowes Museum, DurhamThe Bowes Museum - Celebrating the Life and World of Joséphine BowesWho is the real Joséphine Bowes? With no diaries and just one letter written by her own fair hand we have so far had to view her via correspondence written by John and documented comments about her. 
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Saturday, 18th November 2017 - Sunday, 18th February 2018

New Light Prize Exhibition at The Bowes MuseumThe Bowes Museum - New Light Prize ExhibitionOnce again the visual arts charity New Light is delighted to launch its latest New Light Prize Exhibition at The Bowes Museum.
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Saturday, 25th November 2017 - Sunday, 11th March 2018

Streatlam Castle exhibition at The Bowes Museum, DurhamThe Bowes Museum – Streatlam Castle: Rediscover the Home of John and Joséphine BowesThis exhibition will show how Streatlam looked in its heyday, bringing to life the style in which John Bowes, one of the richest men in England, lived.
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Monday, 27th February 2017 - Sunday, 31st December 2017

The Bowes Museum125 Years of The Bowes Museum This year is the 125th Anniversary of The Bowes Museum opening and we are gearing up to celebrate. Come and join in a variety of fun drop in activities for all the family! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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