Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum
Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

Even though the doors are closed, there's lots going on in the grounds and online for you to enjoy!

You can have lots of fun with The Bowes Museum over the Easter break, even though its doors are closed, as it takes its ever popular family events online and into the grounds.

You can even join in another virtual family fun day 'live' from inside the Museum, following the success of the February half term one.

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the beautiful building that is The Bowes Museum, and the secrets that lie within its grounds then the Museum’s socially distanced Guided Outdoor Tours could be just the thing for you.  They restart twice daily from Monday the 29th of March, at 10.30 and 11.45 and will run until 16 May. Tickets cost £3.00 and groups are limited to five people.

The Woodland Fairy Trail has been updated for Easter. See how many fairy houses you can find hidden around the grounds in this fun trail, available to download from the Museum website.

Find out more about the trees, wildlife, flowers and fauna around the grounds of The Bowes Museum in an informative and entertaining Nature Trail. You can even create your own artworks en route by downloading special viewfinders from our website and taking a photo.

See if you can find the Easter Bunny’s naughty cousin who’s on the loose inside The Bowes Museum.  Count how many times you can spot him among the collection to be in with a chance of winning an annual family pass. Follow this fun trail on the Museum’s website.

On Saturday 3rd April, join Julia from our education team on our YouTube channel, where she’ll show you how to have lots of fun making different Easter themed crafts from things you have at home.

Discover fun facts about one of the Museum’s fabulous Canaletto paintings on Wednesday 7th April, as Julia, from our education team, shows you how to create something that’s unexpectedly hidden in the huge artwork on our YouTube channel.

Join our Virtual Family Fun Day, on Saturday 10th April at 10.30, 11.30 and 1pm for A Day In With The Bowes Museum. Discover the magical love story that belongs to our founders John and Joséphine Bowes and why certain items in the collection are particularly significant.  Join Julia Dunn from the education team live from different locations around the Museum as she guides you through creating your own theatre complete with characters, a Bernadine dog and a very special golden mouse.

Sign up and register by 1 April and for just £3.00 each, you’ll be sent a craft pack with almost everything you need to take part on the day.  All you will need to supply are some colouring pens or pencils, scissors and a glue stick.  Sessions will last around 20 minutes and you’ll be able to access them via a unique link that will be included in your confirmation email.

Find out more about the Amazing Egyptians in a fun interactive video from Julia on the Museum’s YouTube channel on Wednesday 14th April.  You can have a go at making arts and crafts inspired by the Egyptian objects in the Museum’s collection and you’ll need to have a toilet roll at the ready for this activity.

Don’t forget there are other craft activities and virtual tours of the Museum available on the website.

The Museum’s grounds are open for people to enjoy, with vehicular access from 10 to 4 daily.  Please follow government guidance when visiting.




Notes to Editors



  • The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods. 
  • The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a National Portfolio Organisation receives support from Arts Council England. Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk
  • The Bowes Museum has undergone major redevelopment, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
  • The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 03000 262626, www.discoverdurham.co.uk




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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!

Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.