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Exhibitions Coming Soon...


SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story

26 January – 5 May 2019

The first time the history of antique dealing has been the subject of an exhibition, with an in-depth look at dealers, their eye for objects, some which have not previously been on public display before, their shops, and practices.
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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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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.


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.