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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 reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

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