The Bowes Museum > Learn > Families & Young People > Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

As well as your Museum visit, look at what else we can offer to make your day extra special! 

 

Explore inside the Museum

Family Back Packs - Enhance your visit to the Museum by following the trail and completing the tasks. Fully refundable £5 deposit
Interactive Displays - Touch handling objects, design your own plate, dress up as a character within a painting and much more. Free
Toddle Trail - A free trail designed for parents and toddlers visiting the Museum. Look for objects in the Museum, learn some interesting facts and see if you can answer the questions. Free
Listen and Learn! Explore The Bowes Museum with our children’s audio guide narrated by storyteller Adam Bushnell. As you wander through the galleries listen to interesting facts about 21 of our most fascinating objects! Audio files are downloadable from the Museum website.

Explore outside the Museum

Bags of Fun - Enjoy hours of fun playing with bats, balls, bean bags and much more. Fully refundable £5 deposit
Orienteering Trail - Explore the spectacular grounds of the Museum by following the trail. Free
Nature Trail - Learn about the wonderful trees and animals which surround The Bowes Museum. Free
Nature Backback - Aimed at younger children these backpacks are full of resources such as a magnifying glass and binoculars to help you explore the outdoors! Fully refundable £5 deposit
Picnic Area - Enjoy your sandwiches in the fantastic picnic area. Free
Storytelling Area - Let your imagination run wild in the storytelling chair. Free
Family Play Area - Free

 

Keep In Touch


  • *
  • *

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 info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, 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…