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.

There will be no Silver Swan on display on the 21 and 22 November due to necessary maintenance taking place by Darren Cox. We will
be removing the broken part which will be sent away to have a replacement made. The new piece will be fitted in the New Year. Until then the music will continue to play via the CD player.

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, 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 Closures
Café Bowes
Café Bowes will be closed for essential maintenance on Monday 23 November. Light refreshments will be available in the Jubilee Room situated on the 2nd Floor, last serving is at 4.00. We appreciate your patience at this time.

Music Room
Due to the current New Light exhibition no musical instruments are on display.

Fashion & Textile Gallery & English Interior Gallery
Due to the de-installation of the Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal Exhibition these galleries will be closed until the 23 November 2016.
We aim to keep disruption to a minimum we thank you for your patience during these exciting times. For further details contact

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