Silver fish which swim amongst the glass rods around the Silver Swan
The Bowes Museum is open daily. Closed only 25 & 26 December & 1 January.

Please note that due to essential maintenance work, the wheelchair accessible entrance will not be available on Thursday 31st July from 2.30pm and Friday 1st August until 12 noon. The main entrance will remain open. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Galleries & Exhibitions
10.00 – 5.00

Admission Price

£9.50 Adults
£8.50 Concessions

£5.00 Students (on production of Student Card)

£14.00 6 Month Admission Pass*

Free entry to holders of the Great British Heritage Pass; National Art Pass (on production of membership card)

Free entry to the Friends of The Bowes Museum.

Free entry to Children (under 16)

Free entry to Accompanying Carers

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£7.00 (prebooked groups of 12+)

Café Bowes
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Free entry
Monday - Saturday 9.00 – 4.30
Sunday 10.00 - 4.30

Shop  (click here for more information)
Free entry, 10.00 - 4.45

Reading Room

Free entry

Operating on a two-week rota, opening times will be Tuesdays 10.30 – 4.00 & Wednesdays 10.30 – 1.00, alternating with Wednesdays 1.30 – 4.00 & Thursdays 10.30 – 4.00.
Anyone wishing to access the new facility is advised to make an appointment, which will also enable them to check that we hold the relevant material they seek. To book call 01833 690606 ext 208, email or write to The Reference Library and Archives, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP.

The Bowes Museum is a registered charity. Admissions are donation inclusive and can be Gift Aided. For every £1.00 paid the Museum can reclaim 28p. If you are not a UK taxpayer or do not wish to make a charitable donation the admission prices are as follows: Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.70, 6 Month Admission Pass £12.50

*Not transferable, pass holders must sign in on each return visit to prove their identity. Pass valid for 6 months from date of purchase. Pass valid for normal museum opening hours only. No refunds. Full terms & conditions can be viewed here.