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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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.