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Northern ‘Sole’ - A Celebration Of Design, Street, Style And Creativity

Sneaker culture kickstarts an event which brings design, street style, photography, fashion and creativity all under one roof on Saturday 17th September 2016. The exclusive Adidas collections featured in the current exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, have inspired The Bowes Museum to open its doors to sneakerheads, stylists, designers and anyone with an interest in what makes compelling, creative, contemporary street culture. Experience first-hand the skills involved in the creative...

The Bowes Museum Marks English Tourism Week With Free Entry On Sunday 13 March 2016

Visitors to The Bowes Museum will receive free entry on Sunday 13 March 2016 to mark English Tourism Week.  Now in its 5th year, the Week is a celebration of the wealth and breadth of the English tourism offer, helping to raise its profile and kick-start the coming season. Admission to the whole of the Museum will be free of charge on the above date, including access to the current exhibitions Robert Mapplethorpe: The Magic in the...

Real Reindeer, Festive Fare & Quality Crafts at The Bowes Museum's annual Christmas Market - until 23 December 2015

A tempting array of fabulous food and creative crafts is on offer at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December, at the ever popular Christmas Market.   The market - which takes place in the Museum grounds, on the newly graveled paths of the parterre garden - runs from 10.00 to 4.00 each day, with a huge selection of stalls catering for every festive need. Tempting the tastebuds will be hard-to-resist luxury hampers, artisan breads, Christmas cakes and bakes, local ales,...

Festival Of French Films Complements UK Exclusive Exhibition

An exciting Festival of French films is to be screened at The Witham in Barnard Castle this summer, to complement the forthcoming UK exclusive exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal which opens at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 11th July. The programme commences on Friday 17th July with the moving and insightful biopic Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert, exploring the career inspirations and personal life of this iconic French...

The Bowes Museum Is To Present The First Ever Exhibition Of Yves Saint Laurent In The UK

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal  11 July – 25 October 2015 The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent are delighted to announce Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French designer’s work and life. The show will highlight the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear.  “Fashion fades,...

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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!