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Exhibition inspired by The Bowes Museum showcases designers of the future

9 April - 12 June, 2019

Visitors to The Bowes Museum can see work by talented up and coming designers that's been inspired by our collections.

Students from the Northern School of Art (BA) Textiles & Surface Design degree programme have created an outstanding collection of new surface designs for fashion fabrics, gifts, posters and other products that are being shown against the backdrop of our stunning collections in a number of our galleries.

The exhibition will be open until 12 June, 2019.


Horology expert to visit Chinese Knowledge Exchange event

Matthew Read to talk about the Silver Swan in Beijing

Horology expert to visit Chinese Knowledge Exchange event

The Bowes Museum's horology expert and Director of The Bowes Centre is going to China to take part in a prestigious conference.

Matthew Read will deliver a keynote speech about the Silver Swan, how it works and the challenges involved in its preservation, at the two day event in Beijing focussing on clocks, watches and automaton. 

 


Excitement builds ahead of The Bowes Museum turning into a LEGO® wonderland

LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum, 25 May - 13 October 2019

Excitement builds ahead of The Bowes Museum turning into a LEGO® wonderland

Excitement's building as The Bowes Museum gets ready to unveil its summer exhibition, LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum.

Superb sculptures, thrilling trails and fantastic fun are on the agenda for all who visit as the Museum is turned into a playground of the imagination by renowned Artist and Brick This creator, Steve Mayes.

 

 

 


Outreach sessions for young parents in Cockfield.

Meets on Monday mornings during term time.

The Bowes Museum is holding free outreach sessions for young parents from the Cockfield area of Teesdale.

The education department has teamed up with the YMCA to hold a weekly activity group for under 25's with pre school aged children at Cockfield Community Café.

There are lots of toys on hand for little ones to play with, including baby rattles, instruments, craft materials, books and dolls.

 


SOLD! to shut up shop soon

26 January until 5 May

SOLD! to shut up shop soon

You've just under a month to visit the SOLD! exhibition at The Bowes Museum.

The exhibition charts the rise of antiques dealers over the last 200 years, looking at their relationship with Museums with the story told through more than 30 iconic objects.

We have some exciting and varied events planned in the final weeks of the exhibition.


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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.