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.

Galleries & Exhibitions
10.00 – 5.00

Admission Price

Admission includes entry to all temporary exhibitionsChildren go free.
£10.50 Adults
£9.50 Concessions (over 60)

£6.00 Students (on production of Student Card)

£16.00 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. (Click here for more information regarding The Friends of The Bowes Museum)

Free entry to Children (under 16)

Free entry to Accompanying Carers

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£7.00 (pre-booked groups of 12+ paying visitors)

Café Bowes
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Free entry, 10.00 – 4.30 

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Free entry, Monday - Friday 11.00 - 4.45, Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 4.45

Reading Room
Free entry
Operating on a two-week rota, for dates and times click here >
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.

Temporary Gallery Closures

The Fashion & Textile Gallery
The gallery is currently exhibiting Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, from the Victoria & Albert Museum until the 9 October.
A selection of 20th century costume from The Bowes Museum collection will be on display at the Garden Rooms, at Tennants Auction House, Leyburn, from 4 July until 18 September.

On 17 September, there will be presentations in The Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery as part of the Northern Sole event (please see What's On page for more details). The gallery will remain open to the public, however the viewing of some paintings on the East wall will be restricted by the screen. 

On 19 September, The Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery will be closed until 12 noon for a private event.


On 24 September, The Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery will be closed all day and the Music Room will be closed from 2.00.

Other Information

On 19 September, at around 10.30am the East drive (leading to the exit of the Museum) will be closed for approximately 5 minutes for a procession to the War Memorial. We appreciate your patience during this time.

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 £9.25, Concessions £8.50, 6 Month Admission Pass £14.00

*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