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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®.


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.


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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you!

You are able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia exhibitions as well as an exciting programme of family workshops throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority, and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 the changes we have made will help you to feel confident, safe and enjoy your visit.

Entry to the Museum has to be booked before you visit here or by telephoning us on 01833 690606. Details about what to expect when you visit are available when you click here.

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