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Fun Packed Summer Fete at The Bowes Museum

Celebrate the anniversary of the opening of The Bowes Museum at our Summer Fete, a fun event for everyone on Sunday 10 June, from 11am until 4pm.


The BFG comes to The Bowes Museum this Summer

The BFG comes to The Bowes Museum this Summer Everyone’s favourite giant is coming to The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle this summer, in a magical exhibition of Quentin Blake’s enchanting illustrations.

The Bowes Museum Leads the Way in Raising the Profile of Regional Museums Abroad

The Bowes Museum is continuing to expand its international reputation by furthering its cultural links with China and opening up a dialogue with venues across the United Arab Emirates.


Ooh la la! It's Flower Power and Fish Dancing at The Bowes Museum and Beyond

Looking for inspiration to keep the children amused during May half term? Then check out what’s happening at The Bowes Museum and around Barnard Castle.


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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!