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Joséphine Bowes - The Woman of Fashion

Celebrating 125 Years of Her Museum

Joséphine Bowes - The Woman of Fashion

The Bowes Museum continues its 125th anniversary celebrations with a new display, Joséphine BowesThe Woman of Fashion, which opens in the award winning Fashion & Textile Gallery later this month.


Empress Eugenie's Evening Bodice to go on Display in V&A blockbuster

Empress Eugenie's Evening Bodice to go on Display in V&A blockbuster

An evening bodice from The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, worn by Empress Eugénie of France, is to go on show in a landmark exhibition at the V&A in London.


Barnard Castle Christmas Festival

Christmas is around the corner! More to See, Try, Touch, Taste, Enjoy and Buy

Barnard Castle Christmas Festival

A magical five-day Christmas Festival involving cultural venues in picturesque Barnard Castle in County Durham is taking place this December 2017.


Queen Victoria in Paris

Queen Victoria's Momentous Visit to Paris, 18-27 August 1855

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce an exhibition of watercolours, opening in spring 2018, generously loaned by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. 


Jonathan Yeo: Skin Deep at The Bowes Museum

10 March – 17 June 2018

Jonathan Yeo: Skin Deep at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce a UK exclusive exhibition, Jonathan Yeo: SKIN DEEP, opening in Spring 2018.


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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!