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The Bowes Museum to reopen on Saturday 1st August.

The trustees of The Bowes Museum are delighted to announce that it will reopen to visitors at 10am on Saturday 1st August.

Visitors will be able to see the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection exhibition which has been extended until January next year, as well as Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia.  There will also be a host of family fun throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 changes have had to be made in how the Museum operates so that visitors will feel confident and safe and have a relaxing and enjoyable visit.   

Entry will now be by pre-booked timed ticketed admission, available through the Museum website or by calling 01833 690606.  The Museum has had a deep clean and cleaning regimes have been increased, especially in areas that are touched frequently.  There are numerous hand sanitisation stations around the building and grounds and people are asked to respect social distancing at all times.

Annual passes that were valid when the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March, have been extended by 4 months.

 

 


Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

Join our Easter Craft Along sessions online!

Although The Bowes Museum is closed, we didn't want people to miss out on the fun activities we had planned over the Easter holidays, so our education officer Julia Dunn has recorded the sessions she was going to run and they'll be available for everyone to join in with online.

There's a list of everything you'll need to take part with them, ranging from paper and pens to scissors, glue and toilet rolls, so you can check you're ready to go before they begin.

All the sessions will be available on the Museum's Youtube channel and linked on our social media accounts. 


Closure of all gates at The Bowes Museum

All gates to be locked due to vandalism and coronavirus

Closure of all gates at The Bowes Museum

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 shut on 18 March, benches have been damaged, the totem pole broken, branches pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with police to find those responsible for the actions.

The closure also ties in with the latest goverment guidance to stay at home to help restrict the spread of COVID-19 and follows in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.


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


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