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The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni's The Death of Lucretia

26 October 2019 - 20 January 2020

The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni's The Death of Lucretia

The first UK exhibition, outside London, dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni opens at The Bowes Museum in October.

Celebrating the artist and his importance in Western art, The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni's The Death of Lucretia will feature works from renowned public and private collections as well as unveiling new research into works in the Museum's own collection.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of gallery talks, lectures, debates, film screenings, dance workshops, concerts and a special display of costumes inspired by the exhibition created by the Northern School of Art; along with in-conversation events with associations of women and the art-based education and training company 'Changing Relations'.


#Untitled10 2019

11 October 2019 - 28 February 2020

#Untitled10 2019

10 craft makers and artists in residence at The Bowes Centre, will present a unique series of works in progress displayed around The Bowes Museum, near items or stories that influenced their creation.

 #Untitled10 2019 will explore the concepts of craft, materials and making, showcasing the processes involved in interpreting the Museum itself, its history and collection.



The Bowes Museum's Spanish paintings to be shown in America

Eleven masterpieces will star in an exhibition at the Meadows Museum in Dallas from 15 September.

The Bowes Museum's Spanish paintings to be shown in America

Eleven of The Bowes Museum's Spanish paintings are being prepared to travel to America.

They will star in El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from The Bowes Museum at the Meadows Museum, SMU, in Dallas from September 15 until January 2020.

The paintings on tour will include: The Tears of Saint Peter by El Greco; the Interior of a Prison and Portrait of Juan Antonio Meledez Valdez by Goya.

Room 36, the 1800 - 1900 picture gallery will be closed while the pictures are dismounted from 19 August to 23 August.

They will be replaced by, among others, the Osequio a el maestro by Goya, a reproduction print of The Tears of Saint Peter and Marie Louis of Orleans, Queen of Spain by Francisco Ignazio Ruiz de la Iglesia.

 



 


Summer fun at The Bowes Museum

Lots to do for everyone come rain or shine!

There's lots to do both inside and outside The Bowes Museum as we prepare for a summer of fun!

With the LEGO:Building The Bowes Museum; Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants; Hockney and Hollywood and Frances Priest: Influences of the East exhibitions alongside our permanent collection there's plenty to see and do on your visit.

We've also got nature trails, woodland walks, play areas and giant games in the gardens for people to enjoy.

Fancy a quick bite? Pop into the newly opened Gateshouse Café for a cool drink, ice cream or light snack, if you want something more substantial head to Café Bowes and don't forget to call in at the Shop to pick up a beautiful souvenir of your visit.

Remember your annual pass gives you unlimited entry to our exhibitions and events throughout the year.


The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition are announced.

The illustrator Nick Sharratt presented signed books to the winners.

The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition are announced.

The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition have been presented with signed books by the illustrator Nick Sharratt.

Nick was visiting the Museum on Saturday 20 July to open his Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition which runs until 3 November.

The winners had written a story about The Alien Beach Party which was on show until June.  It was created by the GeTINvolved group and was inspired by our collections and Nick Sharratt's books.


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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…