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 2018


Queen Victoria in Paris

24 March - 24 June 2018

The Museum is one of only four venues in the UK – and the only one in the North of England - to stage Queen Victoria in Paris, an exhibition of watercolours commissioned by the monarch as a souvenir of her momentous 10-day state visit to Paris in August 1855.
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Jonathan Yeo: Skin Deep

10 March – 17 June 2018

Yeo - acclaimed worldwide for his depictions of public figures including Dennis Hopper, Nicole Kidman, Cara Delevingne, Damien Hirst, Malala Yousafzai, Tony Blair, and members of the Royal family - explores the processes involved in cosmetic surgery, what it tells us about an individual’s self-image, perceived cultural ideals of beauty, and the psychology behind an endless search for perfection.
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Charlotte Rhead: Between Art & Industry

26 May - 9 September

A selection of items from a private collection of work by this talented ceramic designer, showing the variety of styles and techniques that she created for Crown Ducal between the years 1932 and 1942. The display includes popular decorative patterns, rare designs and examples of tableware.