A magical five-day Christmas Festival involving cultural venues in picturesque Barnard Castle in County Durham is taking place this December 2017.
An evening bodice from The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, worn by Empress Eugénie of France, is to go on show in a landmark exhibition at the V&A in London.
The Bowes Museum continues its 125th anniversary celebrations with a new display, Joséphine Bowes – The Woman of Fashion, which opens in the award winning Fashion & Textile Gallery later this month.
A stunning display of contemporary commissioned silverware, including a whisky jug inspired by the late musician Joe Cocker OBE, goes on show at The Bowes Museum this autumn - the first time the objects will be seen in the North East of England.
The Bowes Museum, the North’s Museum for Art, Fashion and Design, is replacing its current day pass with an annual pass for all visitors.
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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.