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Packed Programme of Activities and Events at The Bowes Museum Lates!

Experience The Bowes Museum after hours during a packed programme of activities and events at the popular Lates! evening on Thursday 8th September. Complementing the Artists, Farmers and Philosophers symposium taking place in Teesdale, the event, which runs from 5 – 10pm, opens with an opportunity to see the current exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, organised by the V&A. Timed slots can be booked for 5pm, 6pm or 7pm. From 6pm there is a chance to view the completion of an art...

Outstanding Cultural Asset Saved For The Nation

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has secured funding from Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and a number of private donors, totalling £2,290,650, to acquire an outstanding 15th century painting deemed an important British cultural asset and initiating a partnership with York Art Gallery and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. In November 2015, the Government placed a temporary export bar on the painting, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, attributed to the workshop of...

Northern ‘Sole’ - A Celebration Of Design, Street, Style And Creativity

Sneaker culture kickstarts an event which brings design, street style, photography, fashion and creativity all under one roof on Saturday 17th September 2016. The exclusive Adidas collections featured in the current exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, have inspired The Bowes Museum to open its doors to sneakerheads, stylists, designers and anyone with an interest in what makes compelling, creative, contemporary street culture. Experience first-hand the skills involved in the creative...

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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…