Director's Choice

Join The Bowes Museum's Director, Adrian Jenkins, as he gives you his personal insight into the couple who created this fantastic Museum, reveals some of the hidden treasures and secrets within the collection and how some of the objects came to be here, including his favourites.

Director's Choice

The 19th Century Picture Gallery

Revelations behind some of hidden treasures in the 19th century Picture Galleries. Did you know that our founder Joséphine Bowes had an amazing career as a painter?


The Flemish Altarpiece with Rupert McBain

Adrian joins Rupert McBain, Furniture Designer and Maker, to tell us more about the hidden secrets behind this 600 years old Flemish altarpiece by the Master of the View of St. Gudule.


The 18th Century Picture Gallery

Adrian returns as promised, in the 18th Century Picture Gallery, to reveal more about three different artists who marked the the world with their artistry.


The Religious Picture Gallery

The Bowes Museum Director, Adrian Jenkins, returns in The Religious Picture Gallery. Together with Furniture Designer and Maker, Rupert McBain, they reveal some of the highlights and hidden gems in this gallery.

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.