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Join The Bowes Museum for a Virtual Family Fun Day

Registration extended until Monday 5 April.
Discover the magical love story that belongs to our founders John and Joséphine Bowes and make crafts inspired by it in this Virtual Family Fun Day. Join Julia, from our education team, live from different locations around the Museum as she guides you through creating your own theatre complete with characters, a Bernadine dog and a very special golden mouse.
Register by 9pm on the 5 April to receive a craft kit with almost everything you need to take part on the day. All you need to supply are colouring pens or pencils, scissors and a glue stick. Sessions will last around 20 minutes and you’ll be able to access them via a unique link that will be sent to you via email.


No tickets are available at this moment in time.

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.