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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


North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

17 May 2021 - 9 January 2022

This exhibition will celebrate the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years.
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Paul Scott: New American Scenery

26 September 2020– 9 January 2022

New American Scenery showcases the latest ceramic works by the contemporary Cumbrian artist Paul Scott, featuring works of historical transferwares that have been updated for today's audience. Scott spent five years investigating early blue and white transferwares that were shipped from Staffordshire to the United States in the 19th century.
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Inspired by Bouts

23 October - 22 November 2020

The artworks on display are the selected winning entries from the Bouts Art Competition. The Bouts Art Competition ran from 5 June 2020 to 30 June 2020. the competition was designed for young people ages 13 - 25 years old, to engage them with the Bouts painting: 'St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child' which returns to The Bowes Museum this autumn.
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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!