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Charlotte Rhead: Between Art & Industry

Charlotte Rhead: Between Art & Industry

An inspiring exhibition of elaborate pottery designs, created between both world wars by leading designer, Charlotte Rhead, is on show at The Bowes Museum until 7th October 2018.


Fusion of Photography & Fashion at Forefront of The Bowes Museum's Summer Exhibition

Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore

Fusion of Photography & Fashion at Forefront of The Bowes Museum's Summer Exhibition

A sense of anticipation and excitement currently pervades The Bowes Museum as the countdown begins to the opening of its exclusive summer exhibition, CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore, which opens on 7 July.


Fun Packed Summer Fete at The Bowes Museum

Celebrate the anniversary of the opening of The Bowes Museum at our Summer Fete, a fun event for everyone on Sunday 10 June, from 11am until 4pm.


The BFG comes to The Bowes Museum this Summer

The BFG comes to The Bowes Museum this Summer Everyone’s favourite giant is coming to The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle this summer, in a magical exhibition of Quentin Blake’s enchanting illustrations.

The Bowes Museum Leads the Way in Raising the Profile of Regional Museums Abroad

The Bowes Museum is continuing to expand its international reputation by furthering its cultural links with China and opening up a dialogue with venues across the United Arab Emirates.


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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!


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. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

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 Café 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.

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.