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The Wheels On The Bus Head For UK Exclusive YSL Exhibition

Culture lovers from near and far can now board a coach directly from Durham City straight to the doors of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, venue for the hottest show of the summer: Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal.  This UK exclusive exhibition is exciting the fashion, art and culture scenes, with visitors travelling from across the globe to witness the UK’s first comprehensive retrospective of the iconic designer’s working world. And visiting just got easier, with return...

Recently Revealed Dior Dress, Created By The Young Yves Saint Laurent, To Be Displayed At The Bowes Museum This Summer

A recently revealed Christian Dior dress, which was made by Yves Saint Laurent whilst he was the art director of the House of Dior at the age of 22, is to go on display at The Bowes Museum this summer as part of the forthcoming Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition. The exquisite bright pink silk cocktail dress, which has been in storage for many decades, will add a further dimension to this eagerly awaited show. Designed by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior’s...

The Bowes Museum And Fenwick Announce Major Sponsorship Deal In Support Of UK’s First Yves Saint Laurent Exhibtion

The Bowes Museum and Fenwick are delighted to announce the company’s sponsorship of the forthcoming exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first ever exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent in the UK, organized in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. The partnership brings together two of the region’s iconic brands for the presentation of this highly anticipated show, which opens on Saturday 11th July. Fenwick, the UK’s premier independent...

The Bowes Museum Is To Present The First Ever Exhibition Of Yves Saint Laurent In The UK

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal  11 July – 25 October 2015 The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent are delighted to announce Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French designer’s work and life. The show will highlight the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear.  “Fashion fades,...

Festival Of French Films Complements UK Exclusive Exhibition

An exciting Festival of French films is to be screened at The Witham in Barnard Castle this summer, to complement the forthcoming UK exclusive exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal which opens at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 11th July. The programme commences on Friday 17th July with the moving and insightful biopic Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert, exploring the career inspirations and personal life of this iconic French...

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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.