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The Bowes Museum is ready to welcome visitors back on May 17

Admission tickets must be booked online or by phone in advance

The Bowes Museum is ready to welcome visitors back from Monday May 17.

There are lots of new and exciting things for people to enjoy when they visit.  North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is hanging in the temporary exhibition hall ready to wow visitors and Cafe Bowes has undergone a refurbishment, complete with a tasty new menu.

Visitors can be reassured as the Museum has been deep cleaned, hand sanitisers have been refilled, guidance signage renewed and staff have been trained to greet people in a safe and timely manner.  An enhanced cleaning programme has also been put in place for regularly touched points.

The Museum also holds VisitEngland's 'We're Good to Go' certification, which means it's going above and beyond in everything to keep everyone safe.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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. 

Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

Even though the doors are closed, there's lots going on in the grounds and online for you to enjoy!

Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

There's lots of eggciting fun for everyone with The Bowes Museum this Easter.

Although the main doors may be closed, there are lots of events planned, including a return of the socially distanced outdoor guided tours and another virtual family fun day where you can join Julia Dunn 'live' from inside the Museum as she guides you through creating 3 different items inspired by our founders John and Josephine's magical love story, all from the comfort of your own home.

With two trails to enjoy in the grounds and various craft activities online, there's something for everyone to keep boredom at bay during the holiday.

For details about these and much, much more please click the 'Read more' button!


The Bowes Museum receives heritage stimulus grant.

Fund will pay for a full condition survey of the main grade 1 listed building.

The Bowes Museum receives heritage stimulus grant.

The Bowes Museum has received £20,000 from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, administed on behalf of the government by Historic England, to carry out a full condition survey on the grade 1 listed main building.

The survey's findings will help develop a five-year maintenance plan and the Museum will start a fundraising campaign to carry out any necessary work.

The Museum has appointed the York based specialist firm, Ferrey and Mennim to carry out the survey from March. 

February fun with The Bowes Museum

The Museum takes all its half term events online for you to join in with.

February fun with The Bowes Museum

Join in the fun with The Bowes Museum this February half term, all from the comfort of your own home!

The Museum is taking its half term arts and crafts activities all online, with daily YouTube tutorials from Saturday 13th of February until Friday 19th February.

Then you can join in a live virtual family fun day on Saturday 20th February, where our education team will join you live from the Museum to take you step by step through creating four different crafts inspired by items in the collection, ranging from an origami house to a monkey! 

To take part in the virtual family fun day, you need to register online by 12 February, so you have time to receive a free craft kit that will help you make the items in the tutorials.



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