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Santa returns to The Bowes Museum

Santa's finding time in his busy schedule to see children in his enchanting woodland grotto. His elves will help you make Christmas tree decorations in his workshop before you enter the glistening tree lined and snow covered corridor leading to his cosy sitting room grotto.


Santa tickets selling fast

1 December – 21 December 2018

Santa tickets selling fast

Book your tickets now to see Santa at his magical grotto at The Bowes Museum as they're selling fast! Why not combine your visit with a trip to our fabulously festive Christmas Market.


SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

26 January 2019 – 5 May 2019

SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is proud to be hosting a ground breaking exhibition looking at the history of antique dealing. With an indepth look at antique dealers, their taste and eye for objects, their shops and practices as well as telling the back story of many of the items on show.


#Untitled10 An Exhibition of Ideas Opening at The Bowes Museum

#Untitled10 9 November 2018 – 11 January 2019

#Untitled10 An Exhibition of Ideas Opening at The Bowes Museum

An exciting exhibition featuring The Bowes Museum as seen through the eyes of ten North of England artist is open at The Bowes Museum. #Untitled10 shows deliberately unfinished works nestled among the collections that inspired them.


Catwalking Live and in Conversation

8 December 2018 11.30 – 12.30pm Free with admission 2.15 - 3.15pm Free with admission 3.30 – 5pm £5 or £3 for students

Catwalking Live and in Conversation

Join us for a day of fashion and fun in collaboration with Northumbria University as we celebrate our current exhibition Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore with talks from those at the forefront of the fashion industry.


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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.