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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
Craft Activity Workshops – Take part in our fun craft sessions, see our events page for dates and times.
Explore Trail – Complete your explore trail around the Museum, available from reception. Free

Explore outside the Museum

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 Viewfinders – Get creative in the grounds and make some digital artwork using your camera or phone. Viewfinders available from reception. Free
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 grounds are open!


Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.