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Summer fun at The Bowes Museum

Lots to do for everyone come rain or shine!

There's lots to do both inside and outside The Bowes Museum as we prepare for a summer of fun!

With the LEGO:Building The Bowes Museum; Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants; Hockney and Hollywood and Frances Priest: Influences of the East exhibitions alongside our permanent collection there's plenty to see and do on your visit.

We've also got nature trails, woodland walks, play areas and giant games in the gardens for people to enjoy.

Fancy a quick bite? Pop into the newly opened Gateshouse Café for a cool drink, ice cream or light snack, if you want something more substantial head to Café Bowes and don't forget to call in at the Shop to pick up a beautiful souvenir of your visit.

Remember your annual pass gives you unlimited entry to our exhibitions and events throughout the year.


The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition are announced.

The illustrator Nick Sharratt presented signed books to the winners.

The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition are announced.

The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition have been presented with signed books by the illustrator Nick Sharratt.

Nick was visiting the Museum on Saturday 20 July to open his Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition which runs until 3 November.

The winners had written a story about The Alien Beach Party which was on show until June.  It was created by the GeTINvolved group and was inspired by our collections and Nick Sharratt's books.


Hockney and Hollywood

13 July - 3 November 2019

Hockney and Hollywood

This summer The Bowes Museum is showcasing a major photomontage by Britain's most famous living artist.

Hockney and Hollywood opens on 13 July and features an extraordinary life sized nude photographic study of Theresa Russell by David Hockney.

The Yorkshire born artist was asked by his friend the Hollywood director Nicolas Roeg to create the montage for the movie "Insignificance", which starred his wife as Marilyn Monroe.


Pirate, Pants and Wellyphants - The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt

20 July - 3 November

Pirate, Pants and Wellyphants - The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt

The Illustrator Nick Sharratt will be at The Bowes Museum for the opening of a fun, colourful, interactive exhibition looking at his life and career to date.

Visitors coming to see Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants - The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt on Saturday 20 July will be able to chat to Nick, have him sign books and find out more about his work.

Nick's written at least 40 children's books, illustrated close to 250 more and the picture books he's been involved with have had combined sales of more than nine million, his long running partnership with Jacqueline Wilson has seen copies of their books top the 35 million mark in Britain alone.

 

 

 


The Bowes Museum's exhibitions inspire youth art clubs.

Youngsters to visit LEGO®:Building The Bowes Museum and Frances Priest:Influences of the East exhibitions.

The Bowes Museum's exhibitions inspire youth art clubs.

Youngsters from North Yorkshire are to visit The Bowes Museum as part of a week long art course.

The 5 to 12 year olds will find out about contemporary and traditional artists.

They'll also visit the LEGO®:Building The Bowes Museum and Frances Priest:Influences of the East exhibitions, where they'll draw inspiration from the different styles of art and techniques used to make the objects before creating two separate artworks to take home.

They'll also draw on their experience visiting the Museum when they recreate further artworks during The Art Week.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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.

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