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Current Exhibitions


The Bowes Museum offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions to complement the display of its permanent collections. These range from major blockbusters often curated by staff, here at the Museum, to touring exhibitions and works on loan from other institutions.

Current Exhibitions in 2019


Lego®: Building The Bowes Museum

25 May – 13 October 2019

Everyone of all ages, from children to the young at heart, can see our Museum in a new way – recreate our history and collections in LEGO®! Start with building some of the objects from our collection that tell the story of John and Joséphine before ending up in a makerspace that explains how the Museum was built.
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Goya's Prison: The Year of Despair

23 March - 23 June 2019

Late in 1792 Goya became severely ill, and even though he eventually recovered he was left profoundly deaf for the rest of his days. During a period of recuperation he produced a set of small cabinet paintings on tin plate that were to define the rest of his career.The Bowes Museum’s Interior of a Prison is one of this series of works, and the Museum’s Director, Adrian Jenkins, explored the story behind the picture created during this monumental moment in Goya’s life.
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Frances Priest: Influences of the East

22 June - 15 September 2019

Ceramics artist Frances Priest presents a selection of her recent work inspired by Eastern ornaments, colours and patterns, set amongst historic Chinese and Japanese porcelain from Museum’s own collections.
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