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Exhibitions Coming Soon...


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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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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Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

20 July – 3 November

Immerse yourself in Nick Sharratt’s world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete.
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The Power And The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death Of Lucretia

26 October – 20 January 2020

This is the first exhibition outside London dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni, presenting the artist and his relevance in Western art history. This exclusive exhibition will feature unique works by the master from prestigious public and private collections that will allow to experience for the first time the mastery and the aesthetic quality of Guido Reni’s masterpieces.


Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

16 November 2019 - 23 February 2020

Celebrating the centenary of acclaimed artist Norman Cornish MBE, this major retrospective tells the story of his enduring career with the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled, including a number of previously unseen pieces.