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Collections Search

Currently there are no images being displayed on our collection search website. We are working to fix the issue. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


John and Joséphine created an eclectic collection and it was their wish that the public always had access to it. 

This collections search allows you to delve into the rich and diverse Museum collections, its reference library and archive material.  Visitors to the Museum can see many of the objects on display, but there are many more behind the scenes which you can uncover through this comprehensive search facility. 

We are constantly updating and adding images to our online collections, adding information about newly acquired objects, and adding catalogue entries in the library and archive.  To begin searching our collections, library and archive click on the image below of the 18th century Japenese porcelain tiger.   This search gives you access to the diverse collection of objects and artefacts, which is different from the site search which appears at the top right hand corner of each page.



To help you find what you are looking for, please see the notes below:

Notes for searchers

Simple search
This allows you to search all three databases (Museum objects, library and archive) for a single word that appears in the title [or description].
Advanced search
You can search only one database at a time using the Advanced Search facility.  Make sure you use the drop-down list to select the appropriate database.  However, you can search in a number of fields that are not searched using the Simple Search.
Expert Search
You can search only one database at a time using the Expert Search facility.  Make sure you use the drop-down list to select the appropriate database.   However, you can use the drop-down lists to select the field(s) to be searched.  If you want to use more than one field, click on the plus sign (+) to add additional search fields.

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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May

Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!