Opening Hours & Admission


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

There will be no Silver Swan on display between 23 January and 8 April due to it being one of the star attractions in the Science Museum’s 2017 blockbuster exhibition, Robots.

Galleries & Exhibitions

10.00am – 5.00pm

Admission Price

Admission includes entry to all temporary exhibitions. Children go free.

Adults £10.50
Concessions (Over 60) £9.50
Students (On production of Student Card) £6.00
6 Month Admission Pass* £16.00

Free Entry

Great British Heritage Pass Holders Free entry
National Art Pass (On production of membership card) Free entry
Friends of The Bowes Museum Free entry
Children (Under 16) Free entry
Accompanying Carers Free entry

Groups & Coaches

Pre-booked groups of 12+ paying visitors £7.00
Click here for more information about Groups & Coaches

Café Bowes

Open 10.00 – 4.30 Free entry
Click here for more information about Café Bowes

Gift Shop

Open 11.00 - 4.45 Free entry
Excluding Saturday (10.00 - 4.45) 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 libraryandarchives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or write to The Reference Library and Archives, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP.

Click here for more information about the Reading Room

Gallery Closures


9 January - 28 February Some paintings in the Picture Galleries will be being cleaned during opening hours

Gift Aid


The Bowes Museum is a registered charity. Admissions are donation inclusive and can be Gift Aided. For every £1.00 paid the Museum can reclaim 28p. If you are not a UK taxpayer or do not wish to make a charitable donation the admission prices are as follows: Adults £9.25, Concessions £8.50, 6 Month Admission Pass £14.00.

*Not transferable, pass holders must sign in on each return visit to prove their identity. Pass valid for 6 months from date of purchase. Pass valid for normal museum opening hours only. No refunds. Full terms & conditions can be viewed here.