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Individual Support

Whilst The Bowes Museum is closed, our team is working hard behind the scenes to continue to care for our collections of fine and decorative art, maintain the building and park, and bring you creative art activities and access to the collections through our digital channels. When we are able to re-open our doors, we hope it will be to a world which recognises that creativity, art and the community in which we live are amongst the most important things in our society.

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.

In coming months, the Museum plans to re-open its 22 acres of parkland, created by founders John and Joséphine Bowes in 1892. Whilst our team continue to make changes inside the building to ensure the safety of staff, visitors and our community, it plans to offer 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. It would like to ‘bring 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 we are heavily dependent on visitor income and donations. With the loss of all our income from admissions, the Museum Shop and Café Bowes, for at least 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.

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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Information about closing

19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

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

We’ll be back…