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Wedding Open Day

3 March 2019 11am – 2pm

If you're planning on getting married then The Bowes Museum is the place to be this weekend.

We're holding a Wedding Open Day on Sunday 3rd March from 11am until 2pm.

See our magnificent venue, meet our Wedding Coordinator and suppliers who have everything to make your day truly special.

 


WW1 Commemorative project coming to an end

To Serve King and Country last day 3 March

The Bowes Museum is holding a number of events before the end of its poignant WW1 'To Serve King and Country' exhibition.

The Heritage Lottery Funded First World War Commemorative Project is the culmination of five year’s work with the Community and its last day is Sunday 3 March.


A short introduction to Art History

A short introduction to Art History

We're running an introductory course on Art History.

Our Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti will be holding six sessions exploring the history, meaning and significance of different art works and looking at the techniques and theories that have influenced artists.


Hannah Hauxwell quilt bought by The Bowes Museum

Teesdale quilt to become part of the North Country quilt collection.

Hannah Hauxwell quilt bought by The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce it has successfully won a quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell's grandmother at auction.

The quilt, made by Elizabeth Bayles, will become part of the Museum's internationally recognised North Country quilt collection.

It was one of 22 lots, 13 of which we quilts, from Hannah Hauxwell's estate that came under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers on Saturday 9 February.


Discover The Bowes Museum this Summer through its wonders recreated in LEGO®

LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum 25 May – 13 October

Discover The Bowes Museum this Summer through its wonders recreated in LEGO®

Calling all LEGO® fans and families! The Bowes Museum is THE place to be this Summer as we celebrate our collections in LEGO®.

15 of our best loved founders items, including the Silver Swan, will be recreated in LEGO® and you can have a go at copying them! 

You will be able to follow a trail around the Museum before ending up in a LEGO® Creation Station where you can let your imagination go wild and take inspiration from your own collections to create your own museums of treasures in LEGO®.


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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.