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Visitors exceed expectations at The Bowes Museum

And feel safe, confident and reassured with the COVID-19 measures introduced.

The trustees of The Bowes Museum are overjoyed to announce that visitor numbers have already surpassed those expected for the whole month, less than 3 weeks after opening on 1st August.

Feedback from a recent questionnaire also shows visitors feel safe, confident and reassured by the measures the Museum has put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  With positive responses including:

"All the staff were so careful and welcoming, we felt very safe and cared for, thank you.  What a wonderful place for our first post-lockdown trip out, it really couldn't have been better."

Admission is now by a pre-booked timed entry slot available from this website or by calling 01833 690606.


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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.