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Ooh la la! It's Flower Power and Fish Dancing at The Bowes Museum and Beyond

Looking for inspiration to keep the children amused during May half term? Then check out what’s happening at The Bowes Museum and around Barnard Castle.


Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore

7 July - 6 January 2019

Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce a major new exhibition, CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore, from July 2018.


Hrh The Prince Of Wales To Visit The Bowes Museum And Barnard Castle Emergency Services Station

Thursday 15 February 2018

HRH The Prince of Wales will travel to Barnard Castle on Thursday 15 February where he will visit The Bowes Museum and the new Barnard Castle Emergency Services Station.

Jonathan Yeo: Skin Deep at The Bowes Museum

10 March – 17 June 2018

Jonathan Yeo: Skin Deep at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce a UK exclusive exhibition, Jonathan Yeo: SKIN DEEP, opening in Spring 2018.


Queen Victoria in Paris

Queen Victoria's Momentous Visit to Paris, 18-27 August 1855

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce an exhibition of watercolours, opening in spring 2018, generously loaned by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. 


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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.