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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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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.