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Closure due to COVID-19

Museum to close from 5pm on 18 March 2020.

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, we have made the decision to close The Bowes Museum from 5.00 this evening (Wednesday 18 March) until further notice. This includes the galleries, shop and Café Bowes. The park and gardens will be open to pedestrians and outdoor activities will be made downloadable for you to enjoy whilst taking some time out amidst these uncertain times. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority. 

Paul Scott: New American Scenery

4 April - 6 September 2020

Paul Scott: New American Scenery

New American Scenery showcases the latest ceramic works by the contemporary Cumbrian artist Paul Scott, featuring works of historical transferwares that have been updated for today's audience.

Scott spent five years investigating early blue and white transferwares that were shipped from Staffordshire to the United States in the 19th century.   

He works with familiar blue and white ceramics, which were available cheaply so more commonly used than collected, to tell modern stories based on his trips around America.

He reworks antique wares, erasing, adding and recreating new patterns by reusing cut and broken fragments or adding newly printed decals.

The exhibition will allow visitors to see the contrasts between the old and new shapes and forms and think about decoration and what it means.

Picture © John Polak

blimey! Lucretia opening soon

7 March - 10 May 2020

blimey! Lucretia opening soon

An exhibition which explores the representation of women in culture is set to open soon at The Bowes Museum.

The blimey! collective, a group of female led Darlington artists, took inspiration from The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia exhibition, to delve into the story of the painting of Lucretia to create this immersive exhibition.

Working with groups of people from school age up, they used the act of sewing onto cloth patches as a means to demonstrate reactions to the mythological tale.

Their work will be displayed on dozens of mannequins, which visitors will be able to walk among as they view the project. 

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection extended to 17 May

Popular demand means there's now more time to see the exhibition

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection extended to 17 May

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it's extending the run of the Norman Cornish exhibition due to popular demand.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection is the only exhibition dedicated to the lifetime work of the acclaimed County Durham artist who's work has been compared to Breughel, Rembrandt and the Impressionists.

Visitors to the Museum will be able to see more than 70 works from across his career, including items from public and private collections, some of which have never been shown publicly before.

Cornish worked as a miner for more than 30 years and his work is a chronicle of that time.

Last chance to see Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection.

Exhibition closes at 5pm on 23 February

Last chance to see Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection.

There are just over two weeks left to see Norman Cornish: The Defintitive Collection.

The exhibition features more than 70 of the Northern artists works from across his career and includes intimate family sketches, pastels and oil paintings, some of which have never been shown publicly before.

Cornish worked as a miner for more than 30 years and his work chronicles life in a bygone era, showing a snapshot in time with his images of the pit road, the pub and surrounding streets.




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The Bowes Museum is open!

The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you!

You are able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia exhibitions as well as an exciting programme of family workshops throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority, and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 the changes we have made will help you to feel confident, safe and enjoy your visit.

Entry to the Museum has to be booked before you visit here or by telephoning us on 01833 690606. Details about what to expect when you visit are available when you click here.
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