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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 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.