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Heritage Lottery Fund Awards £10,000 To The Bowes Museum For Its Linking Children To Local Heritage Project

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Linking Children to Local Heritage: Sharing the Museum’s Roll of Honour with Schools project. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on the impact the First World War had on the local area, taking the Roll of Honour as a springboard. Between September and November 2016, The Bowes Museum’s Education Team is working in...

October Half Term Fun at The Bowes Museum

There’s plenty of opportunity to keep the children occupied this half term with a selection of educational and eerie events taking place at The Bowes Museum.   Learn about the Museum’s First World War commemoration project in these WW1 Workshops on 24 & 26 October. Children will be able to see real artefacts from the conflict and make their own remembrance poppy to take home. These drop in workshops run from 10.30 - 4.00 and are free for children, who must be accompanied...

The Bowes Museum Start children on an amazing journey into the arts

The Bowes Museum is celebrating being one of just 10 UK arts venues to be chosen by leading arts education charity, Children & the Arts, to join the prestigious three year ‘Start’ arts programme this year.   Start, created and funded by Children & the Arts, partners arts venues with local schools to offer children specifically targeted opportunities to engage in creative activities and work with professional artists that inspire them and enhance their experience of the arts....

Kings, Queens and Selfies make for Half Term Fun at The Bowes Museum

Looking for inspiration to keep the children amused during May half term? Then check out what’s happening at The Bowes Museum.   Become Kings and Queens for the day on 31 May. Children can create their own royal finery during this family fun day by making a set of crown jewels; turning a cardboard tube into a king or queen; designing a unique coat of arms for their family, and much more. These drop in activities run from 11.00 – 4.00 and are free for children, who must be...

Antiques Roadshow Expert Officially Opens The Bowes Museum's New Ceramics Galleries

The Bowes Museum was delighted to welcome Lars Tharp, one of the longest serving experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshowprogramme, to officially open its newly refurbished ceramics galleries. The Museum’s ceramics collection is one of the most important, and the largest in scope and span, outside London, and the galleries – which contain rare and important pieces from the 16th to the 20th Century – now show it to best advantage. New and innovative standards of display...

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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.