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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


The Adventures of Clara

17 July 2021– 31 October 2021

In 1738 Clara was the most famous rhinoceros in Europe. She travelled the world inspiring people and creating a sensation; letters, poems, songs, paintings, books and sculptures like our very own were produced. This exhibition tours the globe so you can see, hear, smell and learn how Clara lived and what she did. You can also find out how to help save rhinos for the future.
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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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