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Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World

Extended until 8 November 2020

Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World

Visitors to The Bowes Museum now have until 8 November to enjoy the Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World exhibition.

The exhibition, which opened in February, explores myths and legends through the eyes of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a secret band of Victorian artists, writers and poets who rebelled against the Royal Academy's promotion of the work of Raphael.

The Museum is delighted that individuals and institutions including the Tate, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery have agreed to extend their loans of paintings, books, sculptures and more featuring maidens in distress, knights in armour, saints and chivalry for visitors to see.


Where's Wally? Spooky Museum Search!

Can you find Wally in The Bowes Museum this October?

Where's Wally? Spooky Museum Search!

 

There's lots of fun planned for families this October at The Bowes Museum as it teams up with Kids in Museums and Walker Books to take part in a nationwide Where's Wally? Spooky Museum Search!

Come and see if you can find Wally in his destinctive red and white striped shirt and black rimmed glasses among our collections when you visit from 9th October to 1st November.  Pick up an activity sheet and get a spooky bookmark if you do!

The hunt's to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search.

 

 


Visitors exceed expectations at The Bowes Museum

And feel safe, confident and reassured with the COVID-19 measures introduced.

The trustees of The Bowes Museum are overjoyed to announce that visitor numbers have already surpassed those expected for the whole month, less than 3 weeks after opening on 1st August.

Feedback from a recent questionnaire also shows visitors feel safe, confident and reassured by the measures the Museum has put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  With positive responses including:

"All the staff were so careful and welcoming, we felt very safe and cared for, thank you.  What a wonderful place for our first post-lockdown trip out, it really couldn't have been better."

Admission is now by a pre-booked timed entry slot available from this website or by calling 01833 690606.


Summer fun and outdoor art exhibition at The Bowes Museum

22 July - 31 August

For a fun packed summer of events look no further than The Bowes Museum; online, in the grounds and inside the magnificent building!

As the Museum prepares to reopen to the public on 1 August, it's rolled out an events programme for all ages that starts on 22 July in the gardens.

With many different varieties of art form on offer and workshops from numerous artists, it promises to be a fantastic time to learn lots of new skills.

You can also see the six winning entries in the Bouts Art Competition as they are on show in a dedicated Young People's Exhibition in the parterre gardens.

 

 

 

 


We're ready when you are!

The Bowes Museum to reopen on Saturday 1st August.

The trustees of The Bowes Museum are delighted to announce that it will reopen to visitors at 10am on Saturday 1st August.

Visitors will be able to see the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection exhibition which has been extended until January next year, as well as Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia.  There will also be a host of family fun throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 changes have had to be made in how the Museum operates so that visitors will feel confident and safe and have a relaxing and enjoyable visit.   

Entry will now be by pre-booked timed ticketed admission, available through the Museum website or by calling 01833 690606.  The Museum has had a deep clean and cleaning regimes have been increased, especially in areas that are touched frequently.  There are numerous hand sanitisation stations around the building and grounds and people are asked to respect social distancing at all times.

Annual passes that were valid when the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March, have been extended by 4 months.

 

 


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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.