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The Bowes Museum And Fenwick Announce Major Sponsorship Deal In Support Of UK’s First Yves Saint Laurent Exhibtion

The Bowes Museum and Fenwick are delighted to announce the company’s sponsorship of the forthcoming exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first ever exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent in the UK, organized in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. The partnership brings together two of the region’s iconic brands for the presentation of this highly anticipated show, which opens on Saturday 11th July. Fenwick, the UK’s premier independent...

Recently Revealed Dior Dress, Created By The Young Yves Saint Laurent, To Be Displayed At The Bowes Museum This Summer

A recently revealed Christian Dior dress, which was made by Yves Saint Laurent whilst he was the art director of the House of Dior at the age of 22, is to go on display at The Bowes Museum this summer as part of the forthcoming Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition. The exquisite bright pink silk cocktail dress, which has been in storage for many decades, will add a further dimension to this eagerly awaited show. Designed by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior’s...

The Wheels On The Bus Head For UK Exclusive YSL Exhibition

Culture lovers from near and far can now board a coach directly from Durham City straight to the doors of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, venue for the hottest show of the summer: Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal.  This UK exclusive exhibition is exciting the fashion, art and culture scenes, with visitors travelling from across the globe to witness the UK’s first comprehensive retrospective of the iconic designer’s working world. And visiting just got easier, with return...

Paving The Way To UK Exclusive Exhibition

Visitors flocking to The Bowes Museum for the current Yves Saint Laurent exhibition are reaping the benefits of improvements to the grounds, courtesy of Taylor Wimpey, one of the country’s largest residential developers. The company, which has named one of its Barnard Castle housing developments Bowes Gardens after the Museum, was delighted to support this UK exclusive exhibition – which has already attracted Janet Street Porter and Lauren Laverne along to see it - with the...

The Bowes Museum forms cultural partnership with Tennants Auctioneers

The Bowes Museum and Tennants Auctioneers are delighted to announce their collaboration to promote culture and the arts in the North East and Yorkshire. The partnership will be launched this summer when The Bowes Museum will curate a loan exhibition of treasures from its internationally renowned collection of fine and decorative arts at Tennants in Leyburn.  The idea is to incorporate some of the Museum founders’ furniture from their Paris homes, as well as displaying some of...

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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.