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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.

 


Family fun at February half term

There's something for everyone to enjoy at The Bowes Museum this holiday.

Family fun at February half term

There's lots to see and do for people of all ages at The Bowes Museum this February half term.

With dedicated children's events happening throughout the week, trails and exhibitions galore there's something for everyone at the Barnard Castle based Museum.

Take part in craft days, printing workshops, a fairytale family fun day and coding workshops from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February.  

Explore the Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World exhibition, with fantastic paintings and a fun interactive area, which opens on 1 February.

There are also just a few weeks left to see the Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection exhibition, which closes on 23 February together with the LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum trail and there's just time to discover more about the stories behind the Museum in the #Untitled10 2019 trail which finishes on 28 February.


School children celebrate Norman Cornish exhibition with a Music Day

Over 130 youngsters create a soundscape inspired by the paintings in The Definitive Collection exhibition.

School children celebrate Norman Cornish exhibition with a Music Day

One hundred and thirty one youngsters from five Teesdale Primary Schools have taken part in a day of musical celebration at The Bowes Museum.

The children from Butterknowle, Cockfield, Evenwood, Ramshaw and Woodland visited Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection and worked with different specialist artists, partially funded by Arts Council England, to produce, what will become, a soundscape for the exhibition.

They then performed their work in the Blue Picture Gallery for visitors to enjoy.

The day also marked the beginning of a wider community project funded by Teesdale Area Action Partnership and Northern Heartlands.


Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum

There's something for everyone to enjoy during this Festive Season.

Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum has decked the halls with festive cheer as we aim to help you relax and unwind and make it easier for you to get prepared in the run up to Christmas. 

With everything from a fun late night shopping event, a yuletide festive lunch with Carols to Santa being in residence and our ever-popular Christmas Market there's something for everyone this year at The Bowes Museum.

The Museum shop is open from 10 to 5 everyday for unique sparkly decorations and other gift ideas and Cafe Bowes serves seasonal locally produced food and drinks daily from 10 - 4.30 daily.

 


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.


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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!


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. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

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 Café 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.

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.