The Bowes Museum Launches Annual Pass
The Bowes Museum Launches Annual Pass

The Bowes Museum Launches Annual Pass

The Bowes Museum, the North’s Museum for Art, Fashion and Design, is replacing its current day pass with an annual pass for all visitors.

The pass will allow the pass holder unlimited visits for a period of twelve months from the date of purchase and is competitively priced at £14.00 for adults and £12.00 for concessions.

The Museum will be withdrawing its current day pass and six month pass offer, along with the complexity of the 10% donation option required to make its admissions eligible for gift aid.

The Museum is also introducing a charge for children five years old and over, who currently enter the Museum free of charge.  However, great value family passes at £30.00 for two adults plus four children or £16.00 for one adult plus four children mean that entrance to the Museum remains good value for families.

Rachael Fletcher, the Marketing Manager at The Bowes Museum said: “We believe implementing an annual pass will benefit more local people, enabling them to visit the Museum more often to access the exciting programme of exhibitions and events.”

Jane Whittaker, Head of Collections said: “We are keen to see our family audiences grow.  Introducing a charge for children aged 5 years and over will allow us to invest in a better family offer, and the introduction of family passes will allow families to visit more often to enjoy the Museum’s family activities and exhibitions.  We will also now be allowing young people 14 years and over to visit the Museum unaccompanied by an adult.”

An annual pass allows the Museum to claim gift aid on admission charges without the need for a donation element, making the pricing structure less confusing. The changes to admissions will be introduced on 1 August 2017.

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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!