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.

The Bowes Museum is open!

The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you!

You are able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia exhibitions as well as an exciting programme of family workshops throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority, and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 the changes we have made will help you to feel confident, safe and enjoy your visit.

Entry to the Museum has to be booked before you visit here or by telephoning us on 01833 690606. Details about what to expect when you visit are available when you click here.