Lego: Building The Bowes Museum

LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum

25 May – 13 October

Calling all LEGO® fans and families! The Bowes Museum is THE place to be this Summer as we turn the Museum into a LEGO® wonderland, with 15 of our most loved objects including the Silver Swan recreated by Brick This’ Steve Mayes and you can have a go at making them too!  Then let your imagination go wild in our LEGO® Creation Station where you can take inspiration from your own collections to build your own Museum of treasures.

Throughout the six week holidays you can join our education team in the vaults and take part in our planned activities each week from 11-3 inspired by LEGO and Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants.

Tuesdays – LEGO stop motion workshop, drop in and have a go at creating some animation.

Thursdays – LEGO Printing, what else can you do with LEGO, get messy in this ARTY session.

Fridays – LEGO robotics and coding workshop, science and computing for everyone.

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25 May, 11.00 – 4.00


Join us to celebrate the opening of this new exciting exhibition, where visitors can be challenged in our robotics workshops, create LEGO®  vehicles and compete to see how fast they can go on a ramp, have a go at printing with LEGO® and investigate our design laboratory before letting your imagination go wild making your own Museum of Treasures in our Creation Station – all that while enjoying the fantastic trails around the Museum looking at our fabulous objects!

Singing for the Brain - Lego: Building The Bowes Museum

6 September, 10.30 - 12.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Singing for the Brain - Lego: Building The Bowes Museum

 Singing for the Brain sessions use singing to bring people living with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating way. In this session, we will explore the current Lego exhibition together before enjoying some refreshments and a themed singalong. For more information and to book, please contact Sharon Simms on 0191 3890400 To learn more about Singing for the Brain, please visit here

LEGO® Late

14 June, 5.00 – 9.00, £10.00, Booking required

LEGO® Late

Calling all big kids!  Book your tickets now for our special adults-only night, where you can explore The Bowes Museum’s ultimate indoor playground.

Here’s your chance to visit Lego: Building The Bowes Museum without a child with you!  Get tips and find out the tricks of the trade with Steve Mayes, the founder of BrickThis.

 Experience LEGO brick pits, test your skills with creative challenges, follow the Lego trail and enjoy some colourful LEGO cocktails and delicious LEGO themed food.

There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs throughout the evening.

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Learning with LEGO®

20 June, 5.30 - 6:30, Free for pass holders or normal admission, booking required, children and adults are welcome

Learning with LEGO®

 Join Simon Ayres from Barnard Castle Preparatory School for a fun and interactive talk about how playing with Lego together helps us learn. Come along and learn new techniques to help make maths enjoyable for everyone.

Cartoon Creations

22 - 26 July, 11.00 - 4.00, Creative Station, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Cartoon Creations

Join us and have a go at making your favourite cartoon character with our LEGO team and then take part in our LEGO stop motion workshop.