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Aliens invade The Bowes Museum

16 April - 16 June, 2019

Aliens invade The Bowes Museum

Aliens will be descending on The Bowes Museum as part of our latest exhibition.

The Alien Beach Party has been created by the Museum's GeTINvolved group and features some weird and wonderful creatures, inspired by our collection and books by Nick Sharratt.

Visitors to the exhibition can also enter a writing competition, which will be open until 16 June, with the winners being announced on 20 July when they'll be presented with their prizes by Nick Sharratt himself.


Easter fun at The Bowes Museum

9 April - 23 April 2019

Easter fun at The Bowes Museum

We've got lots of egg-citing events happening over the Easter holidays at The Bowes Museum.

Come and join in the fun, from taking part in an Easter egg hunt, to nature trails and even an Alien Beach Party there's something for everyone to enjoy!


#Untitled10 2019 Open Call

#Untitled10 2019 Open Call

The Bowes Centre is looking for contemporary crafters from across the North of England to take part in a new exhibition, #Untitled10 2019.

The Bowes Centre, which is based in The Bowes Museum, is hoping to build on the success of #Untitled10 2018, which saw works by 10 artists placed around the Museum, often beside objects or items in the collection that had inspired them.

People interested in taking part have until 29 March to apply in curatorspace.com, with an information day being held on 26 March.

 


Clock this....

27 & 28 March 10.00 - 4.00

Clock this....

Watch horologist Matthew Read as he takes one of The Bowes Museum's longcase clocks apart and carefully restores it to working order over 2 days.

He'll be joined by members of the Conservation team in the Blue Picture Gallery as they work on the mahogany neo-classical clock from the 1780's.


Goya’s Prison: The Year of Despair

23 March – 23 June 2019

Goya’s Prison: The Year of Despair

Visitors to The Bowes Museum have the chance to see an in depth exhibition focussing on a small but career defining painting created during a turning point in the life of the Spanish painter Goya, before a group of the Museum's key Spanish paintings go on loan to The Meadows Museum in Dallas in September.

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, has curated this show, which looks specifically at the Museum's The Interior of a Prison.

This work was created after a tumultuous period in the painters life when he became severely ill and although he eventually recovered he was left profoundly deaf.


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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.