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Closure of all gates at The Bowes Museum

All gates to be locked due to vandalism and coronavirus

Closure of all gates at The Bowes Museum

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum shut on 18 March, benches have been damaged, the totem pole broken, branches pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with police to find those responsible for the actions.

The closure also ties in with the latest goverment guidance to stay at home to help restrict the spread of COVID-19 and follows in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.


Closure due to COVID-19

Museum to close from 5pm on 18 March 2020.

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, we have made the decision to close The Bowes Museum from 5.00 this evening (Wednesday 18 March) until further notice. This includes the galleries, shop and Café Bowes. The park and gardens will be open to pedestrians and outdoor activities will be made downloadable for you to enjoy whilst taking some time out amidst these uncertain times. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority. 


Paul Scott: New American Scenery

4 April - 6 September 2020

Paul Scott: New American Scenery

New American Scenery showcases the latest ceramic works by the contemporary Cumbrian artist Paul Scott, featuring works of historical transferwares that have been updated for today's audience.

Scott spent five years investigating early blue and white transferwares that were shipped from Staffordshire to the United States in the 19th century.   

He works with familiar blue and white ceramics, which were available cheaply so more commonly used than collected, to tell modern stories based on his trips around America.

He reworks antique wares, erasing, adding and recreating new patterns by reusing cut and broken fragments or adding newly printed decals.

The exhibition will allow visitors to see the contrasts between the old and new shapes and forms and think about decoration and what it means.

Picture © John Polak


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The Bowes Museum is closed!


All of us at The Bowes Museum are really sad to announce that we have had to close until Wednesday 2 December in line with new national restrictions.

As a result, we have been forced to cancel events that were due to take place during this time. If you have a ticket for an event or entry to the Museum before this date, you will be contacted to arrange a refund or to make an alternative booking. All Christmas activities including the Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto are expected to go ahead as planned.

Happily, we are still able to welcome walkers and cyclists to the Park and Gardens as usual, including the Playground area, and cars will be admitted between 10.00 and 4.00 daily.

We have so loved welcoming people into the building again, safely enjoying our displays, eating in Café Bowes and browsing in our shop, so please in the meantime keep safe and we hope to see you back again soon.

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