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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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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.