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It is our mission to share our collections, beautiful French architecture and landscaped park and gardens with as wide an audience as possible, but we can’t do that without the support of people like you. After a period of four months closure, our Museum building is open, to limited numbers of visitors, socially distanced and with extra safety measures in place.

Whilst we manage to keep everyone safe inside the building, we are offering Teesdale residents and the wider community the opportunity to nurture their health and wellbeing through access to open space, woodland walks, outdoor eating and engagement with art. This summer we are ‘Bringing the Museum into the Park’ through an outdoor exhibition displaying artworks created by young people and other local artists, open-air workshops and socially distanced cultural activities for all ages.

The Bowes Museum is a charity, and it is heavily dependent on visitor income and donations. With the loss of all our income from admissions, the Museum Shop and Café Bowes, for over four months, we are now in a vulnerable position and any help you can give, no matter how much, will help the Museum overcome the challenges it faces in the future. We are committed to creating a world in which creativity, art and the community in which we live are amongst the most important things in our society.

Thank you for your support and stay safe.

Donate now and help us make a difference.

Please use the online donations facility below.

To make a donation by post, please make cheques payable to The Bowes Museum and send to Alison Nicholson, Fundraising Officer, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

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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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The Bowes Museum is closed!


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.

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 Caf� 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.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

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.