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Museum Delighted To Reach £1m Fundraising Target

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce its success in reaching a £1m fundraising target within the final month of a four year campaign. The campaign was launched in summer 2012, following a successful award of £1m under the Catalyst Endowments programme; a joint enterprise between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and Arts Council England (ACE).  Tailored to bring fresh money into the...

Yves Saint Laurent – Hottest Tickets In Town Now Available From The Bowes Museum & The Witham In Barnard Castle

Tickets for the eagerly anticipated UK exclusive exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal can now be obtained in person from The Bowes Museum, as well as online. Alternatively, the much sought after tickets can also be purchased at The Witham in Barnard Castle, along with associated merchandise available at our pop-up shop situated inside, open 10.00 – 4.00 weekdays. As previously announced, you can also secure tickets online by visiting Ticketmaster or by...

Celebration Of Local Produce At The Bowes Museum’s Summer Market!

This year’s annual Summer Market takes place in the beautiful grounds of The Bowes Museum on Sunday 28 June from 10.00 – 4.00.  A celebration of local foods and crafts, this free event will feature a wide range of stalls offering some of the best examples in the North East. Choose from a hand-picked selection of affordable stylish gifts including original art, jewellery, ceramics, soaps and photography.  And who could resist the mouth-watering fare on offer amongst the array...

The Bowes Museum forms cultural partnership with Tennants Auctioneers

The Bowes Museum and Tennants Auctioneers are delighted to announce their collaboration to promote culture and the arts in the North East and Yorkshire. The partnership will be launched this summer when The Bowes Museum will curate a loan exhibition of treasures from its internationally renowned collection of fine and decorative arts at Tennants in Leyburn.  The idea is to incorporate some of the Museum founders’ furniture from their Paris homes, as well as displaying some of...

Paving The Way To UK Exclusive Exhibition

Visitors flocking to The Bowes Museum for the current Yves Saint Laurent exhibition are reaping the benefits of improvements to the grounds, courtesy of Taylor Wimpey, one of the country’s largest residential developers. The company, which has named one of its Barnard Castle housing developments Bowes Gardens after the Museum, was delighted to support this UK exclusive exhibition – which has already attracted Janet Street Porter and Lauren Laverne along to see it - with the...

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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.