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Festival Of French Films Complements UK Exclusive Exhibition

An exciting Festival of French films is to be screened at The Witham in Barnard Castle this summer, to complement the forthcoming UK exclusive exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal which opens at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 11th July. The programme commences on Friday 17th July with the moving and insightful biopic Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert, exploring the career inspirations and personal life of this iconic French...

The Bowes Museum Is To Present The First Ever Exhibition Of Yves Saint Laurent In The UK

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal  11 July – 25 October 2015 The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent are delighted to announce Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French designer’s work and life. The show will highlight the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear.  “Fashion fades,...

The Bowes Museum And Fenwick Announce Major Sponsorship Deal In Support Of UK’s First Yves Saint Laurent Exhibtion

The Bowes Museum and Fenwick are delighted to announce the company’s sponsorship of the forthcoming exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first ever exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent in the UK, organized in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. The partnership brings together two of the region’s iconic brands for the presentation of this highly anticipated show, which opens on Saturday 11th July. Fenwick, the UK’s premier independent...

Recently Revealed Dior Dress, Created By The Young Yves Saint Laurent, To Be Displayed At The Bowes Museum This Summer

A recently revealed Christian Dior dress, which was made by Yves Saint Laurent whilst he was the art director of the House of Dior at the age of 22, is to go on display at The Bowes Museum this summer as part of the forthcoming Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition. The exquisite bright pink silk cocktail dress, which has been in storage for many decades, will add a further dimension to this eagerly awaited show. Designed by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior’s...

The Wheels On The Bus Head For UK Exclusive YSL Exhibition

Culture lovers from near and far can now board a coach directly from Durham City straight to the doors of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, venue for the hottest show of the summer: Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal.  This UK exclusive exhibition is exciting the fashion, art and culture scenes, with visitors travelling from across the globe to witness the UK’s first comprehensive retrospective of the iconic designer’s working world. And visiting just got easier, with return...

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Information about closing


19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

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 closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

You can keep up to date with developments here or on our Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll be back…