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Make a Pledge for chance to create unique piece of art at The Bowes Museum

A colourful family exhibition, From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha, opens at The Bowes Museum next month, and with it comes an opportunity to get involved in the creation of a unique piece of art.   To celebrate the opening of this vibrant show – A British Museum Spotlight Tour - we are proposing to raise £2,000 towards the making of a traditional Hindu welcome and symbol of good luck - a 2½ metre wide Rangoli pattern on the floor of the Museum’s reception hall - using...

The Bowes Museum Achieves National Accreditation

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce that its Archive has been awarded Archive Accreditation.    Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that The Bowes Museum Archive has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and...

Love, Romance & Sex in First World War Propaganda

As part of The Bowes Museum’s HLF funded First World War project, “To Serve King and Country”, a series of four illustrated talks will take place this autumn on subjects as diverse as romance and propaganda, North East trench art, music and musicians of the First World War and how women’s fashion responded to the War.   Join us for the first talk this Sunday, 18th September, at 2.30pm, which considers how romance and love were woven into propaganda to deliver strong emotional...

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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.