Bowes Museum

The LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum exhibition and member 2 for 1 offer has been extended to 23rd February so don't worry if you missed out this summer, you still have time to visit!


We are so pleased to be partnering with the Bowes Museum again this year for a very special Summer exhibition, and offering our members a great deal to share in the excitement – and the chance to meet a very special exhibit.


The popular Barnard Castle venue will be transformed into a playground for the imagination as it hosts LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum, featuring a host of fantastic brick creations built by renowned artist and Brick This creator Steve Mayes.


All our members are eligible for 2 for 1 entry to the exhibition - read more below to find out more about the exhibition and how to claim your exclusive offer.

Visitors will be able to view magnificent LEGO® models alongside some of the most loved objects collected by Bowes Museum founders John and Josephine Bowes, including the spectacular silver swan. Younger visitors can collect stickers as they go around the exhibits, before recreating a number of them in mini Creation Stations full of LEGO® bricks.

We’re delighted to add that our very own mascot, Darly the Train, will also be recreated in LEGO® form, representing John and Joséphine’s travels around Europe by rail.

Other events that are planned to keep all generations entertained throughout the Summer include:

  • Dementia-friendly events, with opportunities to indulge in relaxing LEGO® away from the hustle and bustle;
  • Learning the tricks of the trade to improve your building prowess and how to achieve master builder status;
  • Learning how to make your own Museum, stunning silver swan or robotic mouse;
  • Finding out the secrets behind taking brilliant shots of LEGO® creations with Bowes Museum’s own photographer; and
  • Late night Block Parties where adults can embrace their inner child and get their creative juices flowing with the bricks and a drink.

Our members can enjoy an exclusive 2 for 1 offer for the exhibition by downloading the leaflet below or picking one up in branch.

Savings members, you will need your passbooks for proof of membership.

If you are a borrowing member without a passbook, please email us at and we’ll send you a voucher with a code to access the special offer.

Download Leaflet