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The Bowes Museum

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Attraction Information

The young and the young-at-heart can explore The Bowes Museum through the provision of interactive games and activities throughout the Museum.

Grab yourselves a family guidebook from the Reception Desk and explore the collections to your hearts' content!

Events, including our ever-popular family fun days and art and craft workshops take place throughout the year at weekends and during the school holidays.

The new Story Garden is also open regularly for tales of adventure and feats of daring do!

The beautiful park and gardens, featuring the newly opened play area and woodland walks, are an endless source of pleasure for family visitors.

The recent addition of a nature trail complements our 'Bags of Fun' which have been filled with games and activities and can be enjoyed in the grounds.

Both are available from the Museum's Reception Desk.

From the famous Silver Swan to the infamous two-headed calf, The Bowes Museum has lots to offer on a fun filled family day out!

Opening hours

Galleries and Exhibitions

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Closed 25 and 26 December and 1 January.



Barnard Castle,
County Durham,
DL12 8NP,

Phone number

01833 690606


Children under 16: Free

Adults: £10.50

Concessions: £9.50

Students: £6.00 


FAQ & Additional Information

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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