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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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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.