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The Bowes Museum to receive more than £700,000 from Culture Recovery Fund.

The money, from the second round of the Government award, is to help the Museum reopen and recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bowes Museum to receive more than £700,000 from Culture Recovery Fund.

The Bowes Museum is thrilled to announce that it is to receive £704,161 from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund.

The award will help the Museum become more financially secure, undertake audience research and development, create a classroom and shelters in the grounds, hold more events and activities for all in the parkland and expand the outreach work it does with schools and care homes in the wider community.

The Museum is among more than 2,700 organisations to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. 


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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.