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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


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The Bowes Museum is open!

The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you!

You are able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia exhibitions as well as an exciting programme of family workshops throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority, and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 the changes we have made will help you to feel confident, safe and enjoy your visit.

Entry to the Museum has to be booked before you visit here or by telephoning us on 01833 690606. Details about what to expect when you visit are available when you click here.