The Bowes Museum opens on Saturday 1 August

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The Bowes Museum opens on Saturday 1 August



The trustees of The Bowes Museum are delighted to announce the Museum will reopen at 10am on Saturday 1 August*.


Visitors will be able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection exhibition until 17 January 2021, Pre-Raphaelite KnightsReinventing the Medieval World until the end of September and also blimey!Lucretia, with an exciting programme of workshops for families on offer throughout the summer holidays.


The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 changes have had to be made in how the Museum operates so that visitors will feel confident and safe and have a relaxing and enjoyable visit.   


*Entry has to be booked before you visit on our website,, or by telephoning the Museum, 01833690606.  This will enable us to manage the number of people in the Museum and allow for social distancing.


Visitors will have their tickets scanned on entry and there will be separate entrances and exits.  Our revolving doors will be out of use. 


We have numerous hand sanitisation stations around the Museum and gardens with lots of reminders to respect social distancing.  We have undertaken a deep clean of the Museum and have an enhanced regular cleaning regime in place.  Our lifts are only to be used by households needing help to access the upper floors of the Museum.

We have restricted access to areas, exhibitions or artefacts where social distancing cannot be maintained. So, the red Ceramics Gallery and Silver Swan performances have been affected.  We will have film of the Silver Swan on show in the Silver & Metals gallery.


The Bowes Museum shop and Café Bowes will be open with access to the café directly from the gardens on the right-hand side of the building.   We are delighted to welcome back Ben Parnaby as Head Chef and he will be offering a delicious new menu as well as takeaways, which can be eaten in the Museum gardens.


Annual passes valid when the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March, have been extended by 4 months.


The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: 

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us by engaging with our virtual tours, blogs and social media, and by making generous donations both online and in the park.  When you visit, you’ll notice a few changes.  

We are the Museum you know and love with social distancing and enhanced safety precautions in place.  We’re really looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming you back on Saturday 1 August.” 


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