Opening Times & Admissions


Booking Information
Timed tickets are in operation, on the hour, between 10.00 and 5.00, with last slot being at 4.00. Tickets include access to the whole Museum. Advance booking is recommended. Tickets are limited to 8 per transaction.

Booking fees apply to advance tickets booked both online and over the phone.


Authorised advance tickets are available from Ticketmaster and The Bowes Museum. The 6 month pass or Friends of The Bowes Museum membership 
can only be purchased via the Museum. Memberships are non-transferrable and can only be used by the named card holder.

Book tickets now online, by phone +44 (0)844 844 0444 and at the Museum 

Prices for admission to Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition, which include general Museum admission. For those booking early, until the end of April the Museum will absorb the cost of the booking fee so there will be no additional charge to pay on top of the normal admission fee.

£10.50 Adult, including donation* (+£1.05 booking fee per ticket if booking online or by phone)
£9.50 Concessions (over 60), including donation* (+£1.00 booking fee per ticket if booking online or by phone)
£16.00 Six Month Pass**, including donation* (not available via Ticketmaster)
£9.25 Adult (+£1.00 booking fee per ticket if booking online or by phone)
£8.50 Concessions (+£1.00 booking fee per ticket if booking online or by phone)
£14.00 Six Month Pass** (not available via Ticketmaster)
£6.00 Full-time students (+£1.00 booking fee per ticket if booking online or by phone)

*If you donate a minimum of 10% on top of your ticket price and are a UK tax payer, the Gift Aid scheme means we can claim back the tax you have already paid on the earnings used to buy the ticket. This means we can claim an additional 28p for every £1.00 you give us - vital support for our work.

***Those purchasing a 6 month pass will be admitted to the
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition once and will have unlimited access to the rest of the Museum for 6 months.

Free tickets and member rates
Free to under-16s (2 per accompanying adult), carers accompanying disabled people, Friends of The Bowes Museum and ArtFund Members.

Free to Friends of The Bowes Museum and ArtFund Members
Friends of The Bowes Museum and ArtFund Members enjoy free entry to the Museum at all times. They will have unlimited free admission to the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition, and will not need to book an hourly slot in advance. Exhibition ticket holders will be able to upgrade their admission ticket to a Friends membership on the day of their visit.  Join today - membership starts at £28.00.

Groups (12+ visitors)
£7.00 - 33% discount
To book or for further information call +44 (0)1833 694 615 or email groups@thebowesmuseum.org.uk to book.

Educational Groups (6+ visitors)
Admission is £4.50 per student for this exhibition from all UK & European State Funded school and college groups booking. All accompanying teachers admitted for free. Call +44 (0)1833 694 602 or email education@thebowesmuseum.org.uk to book (all pre-bookings are timed entry).

Visitor Information
Exhibition and Museum opening times
11 June – 9 October 2016
Daily 10.00 - 5.00
(last ticket sold 4.00, last entry 4.15)
Exhibition closes 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing

Late night opening
The Bowes Museum will be open late 8 September, 6 October, there will be entry times of 5.00, 6.00 & 7.00 - why not take this opportunity to visit the exhibition, meet friends and enjoy some food and drink in Café Bowes.