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Become a Patron


The Bowes Museum has  transformed itself over the past decade with investment from Heritage Lottery Fund, private donors and Trusts and Foundations. It is a Museum of outstanding quality, displaying collections and programming inspiring exhibitions within a beautiful, purpose-built, Grade I listed building set in 23 acres of extensive parkland. Its’ progress has been remarkable, moving from a Museum faced with seasonal closure in 1999, to an engaging centre for learning and research today.

It is sometimes forgotten that The Bowes Museum is a charity and that it relies on funding and donations in order to continue its care for the collections, building and grounds as well as striving to display a rich and diverse exhibition and education programmes.

We would like to invite you to support the Museum by joining our exclusive Patrons Scheme.

With an annual gift of at least £500 you will be giving substantial and direct support towards securing the future of the Museum, enabling it to continue to operate as a world class institution and further develop its exhibitions, education programme, conservation and aim to become a centre of research and excellence.
In recognition of your support you will receive special privileges and exclusive access to areas of the Museum not usually available to the general public.

These include:

  • Invitations to a series of events led by the Director and curatorial team
  • Exclusive private views to exhibitions before the preview
  • Free exhibition catalogues
  • Credit on the website
  • An invitation to a behind the scenes tour of the Museum with an opportunity to interact with Museum objects.
We do hope you will take up this opportunity to become a more exclusive supporter of The Bowes Museum and look forward to seeing you at our private views and events. In so doing, you will be helping to secure the history of The Bowes Museum for future generations.

For any enquries please contact Alison Nicholson, Fundraising Officer at alison.nicholson@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or 01833 690606 ext 217.

The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!