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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 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!