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Women and Pattern, the latest exhibition in The Bowes Museum’s refurbished ceramics gallery, will showcase the unique work created by ceramicist Charlotte Hodes over the past decade.

Festive Fare and Quality Crafts at The Bowes Museum's Annual Christmas Market

Festive Fare and Quality Crafts at The Bowes Museum's Annual Christmas Market

The Bowes Museum and grounds are once again set to come alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of the annual Christmas Market.

New Exhibition Explores the Role of Teesdale in the First World War

"To Serve King and Country"

As the centenary of Armistice Day approaches, a new exhibition opens at The Bowes Museum in October 2018, marking the culmination of a five-year First World War Commemoration project supported by the National Lottery.

Conjure up some seasonal magic with Santa at The Bowes Museum

Conjure up some seasonal magic with Santa at The Bowes Museum

Kickstart the festive season with a magical family experience when Santa arrives at The Bowes Museum on 1st December.


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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.