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Stunning Yves Saint Laurent suit won by The Bowes Museum

Catherine Deneuve suit won at auction to enhance collection.

Stunning Yves Saint Laurent suit won by The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce it has successfully won an Yves Saint Laurent suit owned by the actress Catherine Deneuve at auction in Paris.

The Museum, which hosted the globally critically acclaimed Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal in 2015, will add the tuxedo style suit to a capsule collection of French Haute Couture it believes it's founder Josephine Bowes would have worn if she was alive today.

Like Catherine Deneuve she was a French actress renowned for her exquisite taste.


SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story to be opened by Lennox Cato

26 January until 5 May

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story will be officially opened by the TV presenter and antique dealer Lennox Cato.

This pioneering exhibition shows for the first time the link between the art market and museums, taking visitors on a journey through 200 years of antique dealing, with a replica of an 1850's antique shop complete with items that would have been for sale at that time and 33 specially chosen objects that have fascinating histories to tell.


Get your own piece of the Catwalking exhibition

Catwalking tubes up for grabs

Get your own piece of the Catwalking exhibition As we take down and dismantle the hugely successful Catwalking exhibition The Bowes Museum is giving people the chance to get their hands on a piece of the display.


The cardboard tubes that made up the paper runway in the show are being offered free of charge to schools, groups and individuals to recycle.


Wedding Open Day

3 March 2019 11am – 2pm

Wedding Open Day

See our stunning wedding suite, talk to local wedding suppliers and meet our dedicated team at our Wedding Open Day.

With beautiful rooms, elegant grounds and a World-class collection of art all around you, The Bowes Museum is a truly unique setting for your big day.


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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.