The Bowes Museum Marks English Tourism Week With Free Entry On Sunday 13 March 2016

The Bowes Museum Marks English Tourism Week With Free Entry On Sunday 13 March 2016

Visitors to The Bowes Museum will receive free entry on Sunday 13 March 2016 to mark English Tourism Week. 

Now in its 5th year, the Week is a celebration of the wealth and breadth of the English tourism offer, helping to raise its profile and kick-start the coming season.

Admission to the whole of the Museum will be free of charge on the above date, including access to the current exhibitions Robert Mapplethorpe: The Magic in the MuseQuiltscapes and Quiltline and Burning Belief.

Tours will be on offer throughout the day with our volunteer guides. These take place at 11.15, 12.15, 2.15 and 3.15. At 11.00 Bernadette Petti, the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Fine Art, will impart the story behind the Museum’s recently conserved 15th century altarpiece – made up of 12 oil on panel paintings by the Master of the View of Sainte Gudule - while revealing the hidden secrets on its reverse. Bernadette will follow her presentation with a 2.00 talk on Spanish Paintings. At 3.00 the Museum’s Curator of Ceramics, will speak about the newly refurbished ceramics galleries. These are all free of charge.

Meanwhile, fans of classical music can enjoy the delightful voice of mezzo soprano Sarah Ryan at 1.00. Sarah has performed all around the North East, both as a soloist and a member of The Durham Singers and Bishopwearmouth Choral Society and has previously performed at The Bowes Museum as part of the Miranda Wright Singers. This performance is also free of charge. 

To make your visit extra special, explore the inside of the Museum using our child friendly gallery trail. In addition, placed around the Museum are colouring and activity sheets to enhance the gallery space. Outdoors enjoy the orienteering and nature trails and let off some steam in the play area.

The free admission on 13 March is for all visitors, and is in addition to the current free entry offered to Under 25s in return for their registering interest in the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition. The latter offer is in place until the show ends its run on Sunday 24 April. 
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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!


Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.