What's Online

Welcome to our online activity!

We just wanted you to know we are still working furiously away to bring to you, in the safety of your own home, the Museum's current exhibition and events programme. Our social media platforms are being regularly updated with stories behind our collections, videos of workshops that were supposed to take place and soon virtual tours of the exhibitions you were looking forward to seeing. These will also be shared on YouTube and the website will be updated with new and exciting blogs.

We hope you enjoy these as much as the real thing and really look forward to welcoming you back once this pandemic is over.

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Director's Choice

Family Fun Activities

The Bowes Museum Story

Cornish Virtual Tour


YouTube Feed

Pre-Raphs Tour

In Focus: The Silver Swan

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.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.