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Meet and Celebrate


With a range of beautiful spaces, delicious food and welcoming service, The Bowes Museum is a captivating setting for unique events of all kinds. Guests are welcome to explore the inspiring collections and exhibitions, and to relax in the spacious and elegant grounds.

We specialise in: weddings, naming ceremonies and other celebratory events, meetings and corporate events, and peaceful memorial receptions. The Bowes Museum is an independent charitable trust, so by choosing The Bowes Museum, you are helping the Museum continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.

For more information please contact us on 01833 690606, where we will help you create a unique and special day designed around you. Alternatively you can email>

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.