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Opening Hours & Admission

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

Please prebook your tickets in advance.


Silver Swan out of action - We are undertaking a complex and painstaking conservation repair of the famous Silver Swan. This very specialised process is fantastically expensive and happens very rarely so we have made a film of the process that you can watch in the gallery alongside the Silver Swan automaton.


Galleries & Exhibitions

10.00 – 5.00
Smartify - Download this free app on the App Store or via Google play, then scan, identify and uncover the great stories behind some of your favourite artworks.

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

Adult £15.50
Concession (Over 60) £13.50
Family Pass - 2 Adults (Up to 4 Children Under 18) £31.50
Family Pass - 1 Adult (Up to 4 Children Under 18) £17.50
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 – 4.45 Free entry

Click here for more information about Café Bowes

Gift Shop

Open 10.00 - 4.30 Free entry

Click here for more information about our Shop

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.

Click here for more information about the Reading Room



25 May 

Due to undergoing work the French Interion Galleries and Lady Ludlow will temporarily be closed on this date. Many thanks for your understanding.

3 June Due to the Barney Meet celebratory parade taking place, Newgate road in front of the Museum will be closed between 12.00 and 14.15. Many thanks for your understanding.
5 June Due a gallery change the Platinum Jubilee Celebration exhibition will close at 4.00 pm on this date. Many thanks for your understanding.


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Please choose an area of activity where you would most like to direct your support, i.e. supporting the upkeep of the Museum, art for young people or bringing the Museum into the park.


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