Current Exhibitions


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.

Current Exhibitions in 2017


Turkish Tulips

29 July 2017 - 5 November 2017

This exhibition will delve into the complex and paradoxical history behind this iconic flower. Thought provoking contemporary artworks will be hidden, sprinkled and interwoven amongst the Museum collection, in an interactive experience that meanders through science, economics and aesthetics.
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The Clockwork Garden

29 July 2017 - 5 November 2017

This enchanting exhibition is travelling to the Museum from a far-off planet in an immersive flourish of mechanical creatures, crystal blooms, contemporary artworks, puppets, and cloud machines. This highly creative interactive adventure will beguile and enchant children and adults alike.
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Michael Eden: Wedgwood and Wouldn’t

27 May – 17 September 2017

The exhibition celebrates the Wedgwoodn’t Vases by the contemporary artist Michael Eden. The design is loosely based on early Wedgwood Vases which highlight the pioneering techniques of the Industrial Revolution. Eden is at the forefront of a second revolution using 3D printing to create objects that were previously impossible to manufacture.
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