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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 paintings are going on tour to America; as a result, Room 36 (Orange Picture Gallery) will be closed from 19 August to 23 August to allow for the dismount of the paintings.

The masterpieces that will be on loan to the Meadows Museum in Dallas, will include: 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 libraryandarchives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or write to The Reference Library and Archives, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP.

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Gallery Closures



26 October

 Blue Century Picture Gallery will be closed all day for a Wedding Ceremony.

31 October  Due to the Halloween Party, Café Bowes will close early on 31 October. Last food orders will be at 2.00, and last drinks order will be 2.30. Thank you for your understanding. To see more about our October Fun events click here
 21 November  A high volume of school children will be in and out of the Norman Cornish Exhibition Gallery this 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