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Tiptoe Through The Turkish Tulips And An Amazing Clockwork Garden Blossom At The Bowes Museum This Summer

29 July – 5 November 2017

The Bowes Museum continues its 125th anniversary celebrations, opening two extraordinary exhibitions simultaneously this summer for the young and the young-at-heart.


The Bowes Museum Welcomes Support Of Darlington Building Society

The Bowes Museum Welcomes Support Of Darlington Building Society The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce Darlington Building Society as its exhibition partner for Clockwork Garden, an immersive and interactive show promising a magical experience for all ages, from the national children’s arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales

The Bowes Museum Celebrates 125 years & is First UK Museum outside London to use Smartify app

The Bowes Museum Celebrates 125 years & is First UK Museum outside London to use Smartify app

On Saturday 10th June, The Bowes Museum celebrates its 125th Anniversary. Named after founders, John & Joséphine Bowes, this beautiful French château-style building opened to the public in 1892. 


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The Bowes Museum is closed!


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.

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 Caf� 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.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

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.