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 grounds are open!

Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.