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 - Museum Excluding Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition

Admission includes entry to all temporary exhibitions (excluding Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal). Children 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

Admission Price - Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition, Including General Museum Admission

£14.00 Adult, including donation* (+£1.25 booking fee per ticket if booking online or by phone)
£12.00 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)
£12.50 Adult (+£1.25 booking fee per ticket if booking online or by phone)
£10.50 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)
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. Advance online and telephone tickets must be booked at least 48 hours prior to visit.

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.

Groups (click here for more information)
£7.00 (prebooked groups of 12+)
£10.00 (during Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition)

Café Bowes
(click here for more information)
Free entry
Monday - Saturday 9.00 – 4.30
Sunday 10.00 - 4.30

Shop  (click here for more information)
Free entry, 11.00 - 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 Bowes Museum is fully licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies. Due to a wedding on 29th October, the 19th Century Picture Gallery and the Silver Swan Gallery will be closed between 11.30am and 1pm. 

Ceramics Galleries
The Bowes Museum is currently refurbishing the Ceramics Galleries. The aim of this programme of work will be to improve accessibility to the Museum’s large and important collection of ceramics and increase visitors’ enjoyment of it. The ceramics galleries are partly re-opened but are a work in progress.

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 here.