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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.

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.