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.

Six Masterpieces of the Spanish Golden Age: Paintings from Madrid, London and York
11 October – 1 February 2015 
Celebrating conservation of the Museum’s important painting The Last Communion of Saint Raymond Nonnatus by Francisco Pacheco...more

Julian Opie Collected Works
25 October 2014 - 22 February 2015 
This exhibition brings together the works of Julian Opie with that of his personal collection of works of art from the ancient world and 17th and 18th century British Portraiture...more

Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers in Fashion
25 October 2014 – 19 April 2015
A tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry past and present, featuring extravagant catwalk creations from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers including Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci...more


Horses & Hunting
16 March 2014 - March 2015
A fascinating display on Victorian hunting, horse breeding and racing, assembled by volunteers from the Archive and Library...more

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