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JOSÉPHINE BOWES – A WOMAN OF TASTE AND INFLUENCE

Celebrating 125 years of her Museum

JOSÉPHINE BOWES – A WOMAN OF TASTE AND INFLUENCE

As The Bowes Museum prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary, a major new exhibition is set to give an insight into the woman, an artist and actress, who was a driving force behind its creation.


MICHAEL EDEN: WEDGWOOD AND WOULDN’T

MICHAEL EDEN: WEDGWOOD AND WOULDN’T A group of black basalt Wedgwood vases from The Bowes Museum collection helped provide Cumbrian artist Michael Eden with inspiration for his forthcoming show, Wedgwood and Wouldn’t – produced in collaboration with Adrian Sassoon - which opens at the Museum next month. 

AWARD FUNDS PURCHASE OF STRIKING COUTURE EVENING JACKET FOR THE BOWES MUSEUM COLLECTION

AWARD FUNDS PURCHASE OF STRIKING COUTURE EVENING JACKET FOR THE BOWES MUSEUM COLLECTION

A midnight-blue velvet evening jacket dating from 1937, by the famous couturier Elsa Schiaparelli, has been purchased for The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle with the aid of an Art Fund New Collecting Award.


AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT ON THE BOWES MUSEUM’S WW1 PROJECT

‘TO SERVE KING AND COUNTRY’

The Bowes Museum warmly welcomes everyone to come for a coffee and to hear short presentations on volunteers’ own research as part of the first three years of The Bowes Museum’s First World War Project.   


PAINTING THE THEATRE: GARRICK IN ACTION

PAINTING THE THEATRE: GARRICK IN ACTION

This special display at The Bowes Museum will celebrate England's best-known 18th century actor, David Garrick (1717-1779), to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth.


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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.