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Heritage Lottery Fund Awards £10,000 To The Bowes Museum For Its Linking Children To Local Heritage Project

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Linking Children to Local Heritage: Sharing the Museum’s Roll of Honour with Schools project. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on the impact the First World War had on the local area, taking the Roll of Honour as a springboard. Between September and November 2016, The Bowes Museum’s Education Team is working in...

October Half Term Fun at The Bowes Museum

There’s plenty of opportunity to keep the children occupied this half term with a selection of educational and eerie events taking place at The Bowes Museum.   Learn about the Museum’s First World War commemoration project in these WW1 Workshops on 24 & 26 October. Children will be able to see real artefacts from the conflict and make their own remembrance poppy to take home. These drop in workshops run from 10.30 - 4.00 and are free for children, who must be accompanied...

The Bowes Museum Start children on an amazing journey into the arts

The Bowes Museum is celebrating being one of just 10 UK arts venues to be chosen by leading arts education charity, Children & the Arts, to join the prestigious three year ‘Start’ arts programme this year.   Start, created and funded by Children & the Arts, partners arts venues with local schools to offer children specifically targeted opportunities to engage in creative activities and work with professional artists that inspire them and enhance their experience of the arts....

Kings, Queens and Selfies make for Half Term Fun at The Bowes Museum

Looking for inspiration to keep the children amused during May half term? Then check out what’s happening at The Bowes Museum.   Become Kings and Queens for the day on 31 May. Children can create their own royal finery during this family fun day by making a set of crown jewels; turning a cardboard tube into a king or queen; designing a unique coat of arms for their family, and much more. These drop in activities run from 11.00 – 4.00 and are free for children, who must be...

Antiques Roadshow Expert Officially Opens The Bowes Museum's New Ceramics Galleries

The Bowes Museum was delighted to welcome Lars Tharp, one of the longest serving experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshowprogramme, to officially open its newly refurbished ceramics galleries. The Museum’s ceramics collection is one of the most important, and the largest in scope and span, outside London, and the galleries – which contain rare and important pieces from the 16th to the 20th Century – now show it to best advantage. New and innovative standards of display...

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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!