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Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Tel: +44 01833 690606

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The Bowes Museum at night

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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Recent Reviews:

  • Tim W
    The Bowes Museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 8th March 2020
    Bowes Museum was excellent. Fine art galleries with many rare and beautiful paintings beautifully displayed. We particularly liked the current exhibition of paintings by Norman Cornish of the lives... Read full review
  • Fiona C
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Lovely museum - well worth spending a day
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 9th March 2020
    We really enjoyed our visit to the Bowes Museum. It has well-presented exhibits and friendly staff. We saw the Norman Cornish exhibition, which had been extended, and it was fascinating. The museum... Read full review
  • Summertimesue
    Amazing place
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th March 2020
    This fascinating museum is really quite exceptional in such a small place like Barnard Castle. The collections and the story of their collectors and how the building came about is very interesting... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
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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Barnard CastleBarnard Castle, Barnard CastleBarnard Castle is the historic, 'must-see' European market town.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020 - Thursday, 23rd July 2020

Summertastic Family Fun Day: The Bowes MuseumSchool’s out for summer! Enjoy exploring the gardens and Museum with plenty of sparkly crafts and hands on activities to entertain the whole family.
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Thursday, 20th August 2020 - Thursday, 20th August 2020

Voyage of Discovery Family Fun Day: The Bowes MuseumDiscover the journeys that Clara the rhino made across land and sea by joining an interactive day of story-telling, puppet making and lots more to keep you entertained!
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Saturday, 26th September 2020 - Sunday, 17th January 2021

Murillo: The Prodigal Son - The Bowes MuseumBe one of the first to see these recently conserved paintings based on the parable of The Prodigal Son, before they head off on an international tour.  The six paintings on loan from The National Gallery of Ireland are by one of the most celebrated artists of the Spanish Golden Age, Barolome…
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Saturday, 21st November 2020 - Sunday, 28th February 2021

Regeneration Possibly. Choice. Change. The Bowes MuseumA show of new oils by Martin kinnear, inspired by the Museum and its collections, as well as places and objects which define the human condition.  Exploring themes of possibility, choice and change this exhibition will help you appreciate what we can all achieve. 
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Saturday, 30th May 2020 - Tuesday, 8th September 2020

Monticelli: The techniques and Influence of an Unfashionable Artist: The Bowes Museum - BOWES MUSEUM CLOSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEAdolphe Monticelli was greatly admired by Joesphine Bowes who bought three of his paintings in the 1860's.  Later he was to influence both Cezanne and Van Gogh.  Van Gogh was a huge admirer of Monticelli's techniques and following his example adopted a brighter and bolder palette.  Find out more…
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Saturday, 5th December 2020 - Wednesday, 23rd December 2020

Santas Grotto Bowes Santa's Enchanted Wonderland Grotto: The Bowes MuseumSanta is coming to the Museum again this December, so come and join us for a magical family experience.
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Saturday, 4th April 2020 - Sunday, 6th September 2020

New American Scenery at The Bowes Museum - BOWES MUSEUM CLOSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEWorks on show will be contemporary with historical reference pieces, including, among others, a 19th century cup plate made for the American market, alongside Scott’s 21st century update featuring the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station on the Hudson River.  Framed within a classic Oak leaf border…
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Wednesday, 6th May 2020 - Thursday, 31st December 2020

Bowes Museum - Online Family Fun ActivitesTune in as we explore springtime, with activities inspired by nature and the changing seasons. This is an opportunity to get creative with a range of crafts suitable for all ages. 
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Wednesday, 6th May 2020 - Thursday, 31st December 2020

The Bowes Museum silver swanBowes Museum - Online: Silver SwanHow well do you know the Silver Swan? Our in-house swan doctor Matthew Read has some secrets he'd like to share.
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Wednesday, 6th May 2020 - Thursday, 31st December 2020

Celebrating the Life and World of Joséphine Bowes at The Bowes Museum, DurhamBowes Museum - Online: The Bowes Museum StoryView the story of John Bowes and his French wife Joséphine who created a magnificent chateau in rural Teesdale to house their collections of European fine and decorative art, ceramics and textiles.
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Wednesday, 6th May 2020 - Thursday, 31st December 2020

Spennymoor Town Hall Bob Abley Art GalleryBowes Museum - Norman Cornish Virtual Gallery TourJohn and Dorothy Cornish, son and daughter-in-law of the late Norman Cornish, have kindly narrated this stunning exhibition for you to enjoy. Listen to John's insight of his Dad's work and get a real understanding behind Norman's life.
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Wednesday, 6th May 2020 - Thursday, 31st December 2020

Bowes Museum - Pre-Raphaelite Knights Gallery TourStep right in a world of chivalry, damsels and honour in our Pre Raphs Gallery Tour. Learn more about the authors of these magnificent paintings and their meanings.
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