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Summer fun and outdoor art exhibition at The Bowes Museum

22 July - 31 August

For a fun packed summer of events look no further than The Bowes Museum; online, in the grounds and inside the magnificent building!

As the Museum prepares to reopen to the public on 1 August, it's rolled out an events programme for all ages that starts on 22 July in the gardens.

With many different varieties of art form on offer and workshops from numerous artists, it promises to be a fantastic time to learn lots of new skills.

You can also see the six winning entries in the Bouts Art Competition as they are on show in a dedicated Young People's Exhibition in the parterre gardens.

 

 

 

 


We're ready when you are!

The Bowes Museum to reopen on Saturday 1st August.

The trustees of The Bowes Museum are delighted to announce that it will reopen to visitors at 10am on Saturday 1st August.

Visitors will be able to see the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection exhibition which has been extended until January next year, as well as Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia.  There will also be a host of family fun throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 changes have had to be made in how the Museum operates so that visitors will feel confident and safe and have a relaxing and enjoyable visit.   

Entry will now be by pre-booked timed ticketed admission, available through the Museum website or by calling 01833 690606.  The Museum has had a deep clean and cleaning regimes have been increased, especially in areas that are touched frequently.  There are numerous hand sanitisation stations around the building and grounds and people are asked to respect social distancing at all times.

Annual passes that were valid when the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March, have been extended by 4 months.

 

 


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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!


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. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

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 Café 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.

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.