The Bowes Museum

From £5.00
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Tel: +44 01833 690606

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
1 Adult and up to 4 children£16.00 per ticket type
2 Adults and up to 4 children£30.00 per ticket type
Adult Anuual Pass£14.00 per ticket type
Concession Annual Pass£12.00 per ticket type
Students (on production of Student Card)£6.00 per ticket type
Under 18£5.00 per ticket type

Enjoy unlimited entry at The Bowes Museum and temporary exhibitions all year around.


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  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • fothcar
    Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
    Varied and interesting museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th March 2019
    Allow plenty time to visit the Bowes Museum because there is so much to see including the fabulous silver swan. This is set in motion at 2pm every day but you need to get there early if you want a... Read full review
  • Babyb00mer1
    Penrith, United Kingdom
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    Great Place to Visit and fantastic disabled access.
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th March 2019
    Well worth a visit. Simple as that. Cafe/Restaurant does good lunches and snacks. Disabled facilities excellent. Read full review
  • mitziglitzi
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Something for everyone
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th March 2019
    I was lucky enough to win a free tour of the museum, with afternoon tea in the cafe. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating, both in making prior arrangements and on the day. The... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
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, 26th January 2019 - Sunday, 5th May 2019

Bronze StatueThe Bowes Museum - SOLD! The Great British Antiques StoryThe first time the history of antique dealing has been the subject of an exhibition, with an in-depth look at dealers, their eye for objects, some which have not previously been on public display before, their shops, and practices.
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Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Sunday, 5th January 2020

Norman Cornish The Bowes Museum - Celebrating the Centenary of Norman CornishThis major retrospective tells the story of his enduring career with the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled, including a number of previously unseen pieces.
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Wednesday, 20th November 2019 - Wednesday, 20th November 2019

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Sunday, 31st March 2019 - Sunday, 31st March 2019

Wedding Open Day - The Bowes MuseumThe Bowes Museum - Mother's Day LunchTreat your Mum to a delicious lunch at Café Bowes, then enjoy a relaxing walk around the galleries and grounds.  Booking is advisable by phone, email or website. Menu options available 2019  12:00 - 14:00
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Sunday, 5th May 2019 - Sunday, 5th May 2019

Morris Minor EventThe Bowes Museum - Morris Minor EventThe North East Morris Minor Owners Club is hosting a “Classic Cars on the Terrace” event.  This is a wonderful opportunity to come along and see these firm family favourites as well as a number of other vintage vehicles which will be on display alongside them. 
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Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Monday, 20th January 2020

The Power And The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death Of LucretiaThe Bowes Museum - The Power And The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death Of LucretiaThis is the first exhibition outside London dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni, presenting the artist and his relevance in Western art history.
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Thursday, 25th July 2019 - Thursday, 25th July 2019

Pirates, Pants and WellyphantsThe Bowes Museum - Pirates, Pants and WellyphantsAre you ready? There’s a feast of activities for you based on our new interactive and colourful exhibition. This will delight children and keep you entertained. Come and see the work of Nick Sharratt, dress up as a pirate and find the Wellyphant!
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Saturday, 24th August 2019 - Saturday, 24th August 2019

Wedding Open Day - The Bowes MuseumThe Bowes Museum - Summertastic!Summer’s not over yet, so bring a picnic and join us for the bank holiday weekend. We’ll have plenty to keep everyone entertained with our family friendly exhibitions and activities galore. 11:00 - 16:00
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Saturday, 13th April 2019 - Saturday, 13th April 2019

Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

Saturday, 15th June 2019 - Saturday, 15th June 2019

Super Saturday The Bowes Museum - Super SaturdayLots of crafty sparkly activities for you and your children to do and keep away the January blues. 13:00 - 15:00, free with admission.
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Thursday, 21st March 2019 - Thursday, 21st March 2019

Thursday, 2nd May 2019 - Thursday, 2nd May 2019

Bronze StatueThe Bowes Museum - SOLD! Exhibition ToursJoin our curatorial team to find out more about our pioneering exhibition SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story. 14:15
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Sunday, 13th October 2019

Lego®: Building The Bowes MuseumLego®: Building The Bowes MuseumEveryone of all ages, from children to the young at heart, can see our Museum in a new way – recreate our history and collections in LEGO®! Start with building some of the objects from our collection that tell the story of John and Joséphine.
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Saturday, 20th April 2019 - Saturday, 20th April 2019

Bowes Museum: Easter EggstravaganzaWhere is the Easter Bunny hiding?
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Sunday, 9th June 2019 - Sunday, 9th June 2019

Bowes Museum: Summer FeteCome and enjoy a fun and fantastic event for all the family in the Museum and grounds. There will be lots of exciting activities to get involved in, delicious food and opportunities to meet the Museum team and learn about the amazing collections.
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Thursday, 13th June 2019 - Thursday, 13th June 2019

Bowes Museum: Olga Zado In ConcertWe are proud to welcome the exciting young Ukrainian pianist, Olga Zado, to perform a captivating piano recital in the Museum’s Picture Galleries.
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Bowes Museum: HalloweenSparkles, sprinkles and a touch of magic, the perfect recipe for Halloween and keeping you out of mischief.
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Bowes Museum: Children's Halloween PartyDress in your spooky best and celebrate Halloween with us. More surprises coming up closer to the time.
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Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Sunday, 5th January 2020

Bowes Museum: Christmas at BowesLet the magic of Christmas truly come to life and behold our collection as a fantastic array of displays and installations to create a narration around Christmas.
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Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 22nd December 2019

Bowes Museum: Santa's Enchanted Wonderland GrottoSanta is coming to the Museum again this December so come and join us for a magical family experience. More details coming up closer to the time.
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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Monday, 16th December 2019 - Monday, 16th December 2019

Bowes Museum: Christmas MarketJoin us for the feel good event of the season with festive foods, crafts and music. More surprises and details coming up closer to the date.
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Wednesday, 27th March 2019 - Wednesday, 27th March 2019

Wednesday, 10th April 2019 - Wednesday, 10th April 2019

Wednesday, 24th April 2019 - Wednesday, 24th April 2019

Thursday, 6th June 2019 - Thursday, 6th June 2019

Bowes Museum: Art History CourseBowes Museum: Art History CourseIf you’d like to find out more about Art History then The Bowes Museum is running an introductory course which may interest you.  Our Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti, will be holding six sessions exploring the history.
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Saturday, 23rd March 2019 - Sunday, 23rd June 2019

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