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Half term fun at The Bowes Museum

18 February - 1 March 2019

Half term fun at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum has lots of fun, exciting and inspiring events for the whole family to enjoy this February half term.

From recreating a suit of armour to handling exotic animals there's lots to see and do to keep people of all ages entertained.


Stunning Yves Saint Laurent suit won by The Bowes Museum

Catherine Deneuve suit won at auction to enhance collection.

Stunning Yves Saint Laurent suit won by The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce it has successfully won an Yves Saint Laurent suit owned by the actress Catherine Deneuve at auction in Paris.

The Museum, which hosted the globally critically acclaimed Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal in 2015, will add the tuxedo style suit to a capsule collection of French Haute Couture it believes it's founder Josephine Bowes would have worn if she was alive today.

Like Catherine Deneuve she was a French actress renowned for her exquisite taste.


SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story to be opened by Lennox Cato

26 January until 5 May

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story will be officially opened by the TV presenter and antique dealer Lennox Cato.

This pioneering exhibition shows for the first time the link between the art market and museums, taking visitors on a journey through 200 years of antique dealing, with a replica of an 1850's antique shop complete with items that would have been for sale at that time and 33 specially chosen objects that have fascinating histories to tell.


Get your own piece of the Catwalking exhibition

Catwalking tubes up for grabs

Get your own piece of the Catwalking exhibition As we take down and dismantle the hugely successful Catwalking exhibition The Bowes Museum is giving people the chance to get their hands on a piece of the display.


The cardboard tubes that made up the paper runway in the show are being offered free of charge to schools, groups and individuals to recycle.


Wedding Open Day

3 March 2019 11am – 2pm

Wedding Open Day

See our stunning wedding suite, talk to local wedding suppliers and meet our dedicated team at our Wedding Open Day.

With beautiful rooms, elegant grounds and a World-class collection of art all around you, The Bowes Museum is a truly unique setting for your big day.


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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.