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Friends of The Bowes Museum



Friends of The Bowes Museum enjoy free admission to The Museum and a quarterly Newsletter, Bowes Arts. The Friends play an active role in the life of The Bowes Museum; benefits include invitations to special preview events, behind the scene tours, concerts and a wide range of activities and events both at the Museum and other places of interest.

The Friends of The Bowes Museum is a fully registered charitable trust that makes funding awards to The Bowes Museum. The Friends’ objectives are to support, assist and improve The Bowes Museum.

 This Charity is run entirely by volunteers and offers of assistance are welcome.

How To Contact The Friends

Friends' Office

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP

Tel: 01833 690606 extension 233 (voicemail)


The Friends' Office is run by volunteers and so there may not always be someone present to answer your calls. Please leave a message and we will contact you as soon as possible, or alternatively, send an email to the above address.

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Please choose an area of activity where you would most like to direct your support, i.e. supporting the upkeep of the Museum, art for young people or bringing the Museum into the park.

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Information about reopening

We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.