The Bowes Museum > Friends > Join the Friends


In addition, there are many opportunities for Friends to meet and become more involved through helping at events, joining mailing teams (these are large, busy occasions as over 2,000 Friends are mailed quarterly) and volunteering in a number of different capacities.

For more information please contact:
Friends' Office
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Telephone: (01833) 690606 ext 233 (voicemail)

Please note that the Friends' office is run by volunteers and is not continually staffed, so voicemail messages can only be dealt with at intervals. Emails are picked up daily, however.

Click here to download a membership application form.


The benefits of Friends' Membership are as follows:

• Free entry to the Museum at all times, including to temporary exhibitions
• Four copies a year of the Friends' newsletter, Bowes Arts
• Invitations to Preview Events for new exhibitions (these are not open to the general public)
• Behind the Scenes tours (these are not available to the general public)
• Discounted ticket prices for visits and outings to other places of interest 
• Discounted ticket prices for an entertaining programme of events and concerts throughout the year
• Discounted rates in Café Bowes when spending any sum over £10
• Discounted rates on selected merchandise in the Museum Shop when spending any sum over £10 

Support Us.

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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