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