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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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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.