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Opening Hours & Admission


The Bowes Museum is open daily. Closed only 25 & 26 December & 1 January.

The Silver Swan plays daily at 2.00.

Guided Tours
Free daily 1-hour long tours by our team of Volunteer Guides. Running 11 February - 10 March at 11.30. 

Galleries & Exhibitions

10.00 – 5.00
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Admission Price
Enjoy unlimited entry at The Bowes Museum and temporary exhibitions all year around.

Adult £14.00
Concession (Over 60) £12.00
Family Pass - 2 Adults (Up to 4 Children Under 18) £30.00
Family Pass - 1 Adult (Up to 4 Children Under 18) £16.00
Students (day entry only, on production of student card) £6.00
Young People (under 18 - day entry only) £5.00

Free Entry

National Art Pass (On production of membership card) Free entry
Friends of The Bowes Museum Free entry
Children (under 5) Free entry
Accompanying Carers Free entry

Groups & Coaches

Pre-booked groups of 12+ paying visitors £10.00
Click here for more information about Groups & Coaches

Café Bowes

Open 10.00 – 4.30 Free entry
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Gift Shop

Open 10.00 - 4.45
Free entry
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Reading Room

Operating on a two-week rota, for dates and times click here Free entry

Anyone wishing to access the new facility is advised to make an appointment, which will also enable them to check that we hold the relevant material they seek.

To book call 01833 690606 ext 208, email libraryandarchives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or write to The Reference Library and Archives, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP.

Click here for more information about the Reading Room

Gallery Closures



 13 March The Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery will be closed until 1.00, Jubilee Room and Music Room will be closed all day
 20 March The Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery, Jubilee Room and Music Room will be closed all day
 6 April The Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery, Jubilee Room and Music Room will be closed all day
 13 April The Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery, Jubilee Room and Music Room will be closed all day

The Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery and the Silver Swan Gallery will be closed 12.00 - 1.50

If the weather is inclement, the Religious Picture Gallery will be closed 12.30 - 3.30