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Awesome Architecture

12 –16 August, 11.00 - 4.00, Creation Station, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Awesome Architecture

Build, Build, Build, skyscrapers, towers, find out how to build your dream house and how the Museum was created in LEGO®.


Top shots!

12 August, 11.00 - 12.30, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Top shots!

Meet Museum photographer Jason Hynes to learn some top tips for taking fantastic photographs. Jason will help you turn your LEGO® creations into still life art, and answer your questions about photography.   


Time Travellers

19 – 23 August, 11.00 – 4.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Time Travellers

Fly to the moon and back and take step into the future or back in time with a week of robots, space and rockets, where will your mission take you?


Meet a time travelling architect!

21 August, 11.00 - 12.30, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Meet a time travelling architect!

Meet ‘Monsieur Pellechet’, the man who designed The Bowes Museum. Learn fascinating facts about how he created this amazing building, and show him your own architectural LEGO® creations.


Design Laboratory

27 – 30 August, 11.00 - 4.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Design Laboratory

Explore science and technology, fashion or jewellery. Grab a pencil and paper, some LEGO® and get creative with the LEGO® LAB technicians.


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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.