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Main vehicular access gates to be closed overnight.

With effect from 5pm until 8am from Saturday 26th October.

Main vehicular access gates to be closed overnight.

The Bowes Museum will be closing the main vehicular gates overnight from 26th October.

The Museum has to do this to comply with Arts Council England guidelines to secure government indemnity insurance for loans from Museums across the globe and to enhance the security of the collection.  Arts Council England is a core funder of the Museum.

This means that the Museum can build on its acclaimed exhibition programme by being able to continure to borrow high quality art and objects which draw visitors to the area.

The pedestrian gates will remain open allowing people access to the parkland when the main vehicular gates are closed from 5pm until 8am nightly.  There is parking both behind and in front of the Museum grounds, close to pedestrian gates, for people wanting to drive to enjoy the gardens.


Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum

Half term fun to keep all ages out of mischief!

Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum

Witch's brooms, creepy crawlies and spooky fun are all in the air at The Bowes Museum this Halloween.

There's lots to do to keep everyone out of mischief over the October half term holidays.

From the return of the incredible ZOOLAB, to making your LEGO® models come to life, there's even the chance to see magic in action at the Halloween Party.

 


Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

16 November 2019 to 23 February 2020

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

The Bowes Museum is honoured to be holding the first major retrospective of works by one of the most loved artists from the North of England.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, will open almost 100 years to the day after the artists birth in Spennymoor.

There will be more than 60 works on show including, pastels, charcoals and oil paintings from both public and private collections, some of which are previously unseen.

Cornish was a magnificent chronicler of everyday life, recording the social environment and industrial landscape in which he lived and worked; painting the community he knew with integrity, providing a documentary of a bygone era.


Judy Hurst - Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity

21 September 2019 – 23 February 2020

Judy Hurst - Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity

Judy Hurst returns to The Bowes Museum with another selling exhibition of intricate illustrative works.  

She specialises in the historic and traditional technique of painting on vellum (calfskin). 

Her work is inspired by her knowledge, respect and deep love of nature and the patterns that she believes are fundamental to existence.

The prints in the exhibition will be available to buy in the Museum shop along with a selection of smaller prints and cards.


Santa returns to The Bowes Museum

1 - 22 December 2019

Santa returns to The Bowes Museum

Book your tickets now to see Santa in his enchanting woodland grotto at The Bowes Museum.

He's found space in his busy schedule to fly in to make Christmas extra special from the 1st to the 22nd of December.

On arrival you'll be greeted by his friendly elves who'll show you to his toyshop where you can create festive crafts before meeting Santa himself in his cosy sitting room grotto, where he'll complete the magic by presenting each eligible child with an early Christmas gift.

It costs just £12 per child, and accompanying adults are free.

The popular Christmas Market returns this year, from 10am - 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 13 - 15 December, with handpicked stalls in both the grounds and Museum selling a wonderful array of locally produced food, drinks and crafts accompanied by live music and entertainment.

 

 


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Information about closing


19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

You can keep up to date with developments here or on our Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll be back…