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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, Daily at 11.30
Free daily 1-hour long tours by our team of Volunteer Guides until the end of October.

Galleries & Exhibitions

10.00 – 5.00
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A selection of The Bowes Museum’s Spanish masterpieces are on loan to the Meadows Museum in Dallas, including: the Tears of Saint Peter by El Greco; the Interior of a Prison and Portrait of Juan Antonio Melédez Valdes by Goya; Portrait of a Carmelite Monk by Juan Baustista Maino and Tobias Restoring his Father’s Sight by Antonio de Pereda y Salgado.

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

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Café Bowes

Open 10.00 – 4.30 Free entry

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Gift Shop

Please note that on the 1 April the Shop will be closed. We apologise for any disappointment caused. 

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 or write to The Reference Library and Archives, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP.

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Gallery Closures

24 November The Blue Picture Gallery will be closed from 2.00 for the Afternoon Tea with Jazz event. 
 28 November  The Blue Picture Gallery will be closed from 10.00 - 12.00 and 2.00 to 4.30 for workshops inspired by the Guido Reni exhibition. The workshops are in collaboration with local school students and supported by County Durham Community Foundation. 
13 - 15 December  During the Christmas Market 13 - 15 December, access to the Museum and grounds will be via the front gates only, and admission charges will apply to the grounds and Museum