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THE ALLURE OF NAPOLEON

Saturday 28 January – Sunday 19 March 2017

THE ALLURE OF NAPOLEON

Featuring outstanding artworks from The Bowes Museum’s extensive permanent collection, The Allure of Napoleon offers an opportunity to learn more about the Museum founders’ (John and Joséphine Bowes) interest in the Emperor and the age he defined.


Image and Subtance: St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child

Image and Subtance: St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce the opening of an in-focus display which celebrates the acquisition of a rare and outstanding painting.

Silver Swan Automaton Visit Science Museum

Silver Swan Automaton Visit Science Museum The much loved Silver Swan automaton - the emblem of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle - is to migrate to the Science Museum in London.

All that Glitters is not Gold!

All that Glitters is not Gold! An in-focus display of artefacts found by archaeologists as part of major project to upgrade the A1 to a motorway in North Yorkshire opens at the iconic Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle on Saturday 26 November 2016.

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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you!

You are able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia exhibitions as well as an exciting programme of family workshops throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority, and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 the changes we have made will help you to feel confident, safe and enjoy your visit.

Entry to the Museum has to be booked before you visit here or by telephoning us on 01833 690606. Details about what to expect when you visit are available when you click here.