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Future Exhibitions


Paul Scott: New American Scenery

4 April – 6 September

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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Monticelli: The Techniques and Influence of an Unfashionable Artist

30 May – 8 September 2020

Adolphe Monticelli was greatly admired by Joséphine Bowes who bought three of his paintings in the 1860s. Later he was to influence both Cézanne and Van Gogh. Van Gogh was a huge admirer of Monticelli’s techniques and following his example adopted a brighter and bolder palette. Find out more about this important but lesser known artist in this in focus display.
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The Adventures of Clara

23 May – 1 November 2020

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 will tour 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.


Murillo: The Prodigal Son

26 September 2020 - 17 January 2021

Be one of the first to see these recently conserved paintings based on the parable of the prodigal son, before they head off on an international tour. The six paintings on loan from The National Gallery of Ireland are by one of the most celebrated artists of the Spanish Golden Age, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682).


Regeneration Possibility. Choice. Change

20 November 2020 – 28 February 2021

A show of new oils by Martin Kinnear, inspired by the Museum, its collections, places and objects which define the human condition. Exploring themes of possibility, choice and change this exhibition will help you appreciate what we can all achieve.


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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

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