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.

Victorian Childhood
21 June - 7 September 2014
What was life like for a Victorian child? In this fascinating exhibition, objects enable you to compare the lifestyles of rich and poor Victorian children through the key themes: clothing, school, work, play and home life...more

Changing Times – Fashion Inspired by 1914 – 1918
14 June - 31 August 2014
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War...more


Hockney, Printmaker

7 June – 28 September 2014

A delightful and entertaining overview of the artist's graphic career to celebrate his 60 years as a printmaker
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Shafts of Light - Mining Art in the Great Northern Coalfield
17 May 2014 – 21 September 2014
A salute to a once essential and powerful workforce...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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For past exhibitions click here.