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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 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!