The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions to complement the display of its permanent collections. These range from major blockbusters often curated by staff, here at the Museum, to touring exhibitions and works on loan from other institutions.

Milk Snatcher, Gerald Scarfe - The Thatcher Drawings
14 March - 31 May 2015
A remarkable exhibition featuring Gerald Scarfe’s drawings of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher...more

Confected, Borrowed and Blue
14 February - 12 April 2015
Fighter jets and factory buildings – not what you’d expect to find on your average dinner plate! But in Paul Scott’s hands domestic ceramics mutate into subversive comments on our life and times...more

Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers in Fashion
25 October 2014 – 19 April 2015
A tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry past and present, featuring extravagant catwalk creations from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers including Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci...more


Horses & Hunting
16 March 2014 - May 2015
A fascinating display on Victorian hunting, horse breeding and racing, assembled by volunteers from the Archive and Library...more

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