The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions to complement the display of its permanent collections. These range from major blockbusters often curated by staff, here at the Museum, to touring exhibitions and works on loan from other institutions.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
11 June - 9 October 2016
This exhibition, organised by the V&A, will display more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection. The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage this stunning exhibition...more


A British Museum Spotlight Tour: Celebrating Ganesha
21 May - 18 September 2016

This vibrant, colourful exhibition is coming to The Bowes Museum from the British Museum. The exhibition centres on a large stone sculpture of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, depicted standing on a lotus petal. The arch supporting the figure is decorated with the mask of a lion, flanked by aquatic monsters..more


English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent
14 May - 25 September 2016

This exhibition celebrates nearly five hundred years of English female beauty, from  the court beauties of the 17th century to the society ladies of Edwardian England. Featuring two wonderful portraits by Anthony Van Dyck of Olivia Boteler Porter, depicting her as beauty of the court of Charles I alongside a range of English beauties depicted through the years
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The Dales Pony – 100 years of Service
2 April - 4 September 2016
From the mid-19th century to the end of the second world war, thousands of Dales ponies were to be seen in our northern and midland towns...more


Bill Chaytor: Reflections in Silver
30 April - 20 July 2016

A special display showcasing a number of works by renowned local silversmith, Bill Chaytor, taking the magnificent North East countryside as inspiration...more

200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Waterloo
June - 
To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a group of volunteers and students, supported by staff at The Bowes Museum, have curated a display showing...more

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