Lego®: Building The Bowes Museum - The Bowes Museum

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25 May, 11.00 – 4.00


Join us to celebrate the opening of this new exciting exhibition, where visitors can be challenged in our robotics workshops, create LEGO®  vehicles and compete to see how fast they can go on a ramp, have a go at printing with LEGO® and investigate our design laboratory before letting your imagination go wild making your own Museum of Treasures in our Creation Station – all that while enjoying the fantastic trails around the Museum looking at our fabulous objects!

Summer Fête

9 June, 11.00 - 4.00

Summer Fête

Come and enjoy the party as The Bowes Museum celebrates its birthday on Sunday 9th June with a Summer Fête. There will be live music, delicious treats from local suppliers, cocktails and deck chairs on the terrace to sit back in, relax and soak up the atmosphere. 

Explore the Museum’s LEGO® trails before getting top tips from our LEGO® architect Steve Mayes who’s made all the items for the LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum exhibition or join in other activities like wild printing with Forest Schools or giant bubble making. See what else is happening and who is coming <here>.

Discover The Bowes Museum this Summer through its wonders recreated in LEGO®

LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum 25 May – 13 October

Discover The Bowes Museum this Summer through its wonders recreated in LEGO®

Calling all LEGO® fans and families! The Bowes Museum is THE place to be this Summer as we celebrate our collections in LEGO®.

15 of our best loved founders items, including the Silver Swan, will be recreated in LEGO® and you can have a go at copying them! 

You will be able to follow a trail around the Museum before ending up in a LEGO® Creation Station where you can let your imagination go wild and take inspiration from your own collections to create your own museums of treasures in LEGO®.

Singing for the Brain - LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum

6 September, 10.30 - 12.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Singing for the Brain - LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum

 Singing for the Brain sessions use singing to bring people living with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating way. In this session, we will explore the current LEGO® exhibition together before enjoying some refreshments and a themed singalong. For more information and to book, please contact Sharon Simms on 0191 3890400 To learn more about Singing for the Brain, please visit here

LEGO® Late

14 June, 5.00 – 9.00, £10.00, Booking required

LEGO® Late

Calling all big kids!  Book your tickets now for our special adults-only night, where you can explore The Bowes Museum’s ultimate indoor playground.

Here’s your chance to visit LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum without a child with you!
  Get tips and find out the tricks of the trade with Steve Mayes, the founder of BrickThis.

LEGO® brick pits, test your skills with creative challenges, follow the Lego trail and enjoy some colourful LEGO® cocktails and delicious LEGO® themed food.

There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs throughout the evening.

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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.