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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®.


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.


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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!