Silver fish which swim amongst the glass rods around the Silver Swan
The Bowes Museum is open daily. Closed only 25 & 26 December & 1 January.

Galleries & Exhibitions
10.00 – 5.00

Admission Price

Admission includes entry to all temporary exhibitionsChildren go free.
£10.50 Adults
£9.50 Concessions (over 60)

£6.00 Students (on production of Student Card)

£16.00 6 Month Admission Pass*

Free entry to holders of the Great British Heritage Pass; National Art Pass (on production of membership card)

Free entry to the Friends of The Bowes Museum. (Click here for more information regarding The Friends of The Bowes Museum)

Free entry to Children (under 16)

Free entry to Accompanying Carers

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£7.00 (pre-booked groups of 12+ paying visitors)

Café Bowes
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Free entry, 10.00 – 4.30 

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Free entry, Monday - Friday 11.00 - 4.45, Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 4.45

Reading Room
Free entry
Operating on a two-week rota, for dates and times click here >
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.

Temporary Gallery Closures

The Fashion & Textile Gallery

The gallery is currently exhibiting Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, from the Victoria & Albert Museum until the 9 October. Following that, the gallery will be closed until 1 November whilst the exhibition is de-installed.

Other Galleries

On 10 December, the Nineteenth Century Picture Gallery will be closed from 2.00 in order to set up for a concert later in the evening. 

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