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150th anniversary of the laying of the Museum's foundation stone

Five people attended the ceremony on 27 November 1869.

150th anniversary of the laying of the Museum's foundation stone

150 years ago the foundation stone was laid for The Bowes Museum.

The ceremony on Saturday, 27 November, 1869 was small, with only 5 people present, including the Museum's founders John and Joséphine Bowes.

As Joséphine placed a silver and ivory trowel on the stone she said: "I lay the first stone and you, Mr Bowes, will lay the top stone".

Sadly neither John nor Joséphine lived to see the Museum open to the public in 1892.

 

 


School children celebrate Norman Cornish exhibition with a Music Day

Over 130 youngsters create a soundscape inspired by the paintings in The Definitive Collection exhibition.

School children celebrate Norman Cornish exhibition with a Music Day

One hundred and thirty one youngsters from five Teesdale Primary Schools have taken part in a day of musical celebration at The Bowes Museum.

The children from Butterknowle, Cockfield, Evenwood, Ramshaw and Woodland visited Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection and worked with different specialist artists, partially funded by Arts Council England, to produce, what will become, a soundscape for the exhibition.

They then performed their work in the Blue Picture Gallery for visitors to enjoy.

The day also marked the beginning of a wider community project funded by Teesdale Area Action Partnership and Northern Heartlands.


Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum

There's something for everyone to enjoy during this Festive Season.

Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum has decked the halls with festive cheer as we aim to help you relax and unwind and make it easier for you to get prepared in the run up to Christmas. 

With everything from a fun late night shopping event, a yuletide festive lunch with Carols to Santa being in residence and our ever-popular Christmas Market there's something for everyone this year at The Bowes Museum.

The Museum shop is open from 10 to 5 everyday for unique sparkly decorations and other gift ideas and Cafe Bowes serves seasonal locally produced food and drinks daily from 10 - 4.30 daily.

 


Main vehicular access gates to be closed overnight.

With effect from 5pm until 8am from Saturday 26th October.

Main vehicular access gates to be closed overnight.

The Bowes Museum will be closing the main vehicular gates overnight from 26th October.

The Museum has to do this to comply with Arts Council England guidelines to secure government indemnity insurance for loans from Museums across the globe and to enhance the security of the collection.  Arts Council England is a core funder of the Museum.

This means that the Museum can build on its acclaimed exhibition programme by being able to continure to borrow high quality art and objects which draw visitors to the area.

The pedestrian gates will remain open allowing people access to the parkland when the main vehicular gates are closed from 5pm until 8am nightly.  There is parking both behind and in front of the Museum grounds, close to pedestrian gates, for people wanting to drive to enjoy the gardens.


Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum

Half term fun to keep all ages out of mischief!

Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum

Witch's brooms, creepy crawlies and spooky fun are all in the air at The Bowes Museum this Halloween.

There's lots to do to keep everyone out of mischief over the October half term holidays.

From the return of the incredible ZOOLAB, to making your LEGO® models come to life, there's even the chance to see magic in action at the Halloween Party.

 


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