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


Only In England

25 February - 7 May 2017

Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr examines the close relationship between the work of these two important photographers and their fascination with English life.
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The Allure of Napoleon

28 January - 19 March 2017

As featured on Radio 4’s Front Row, this exhibition highlighting outstanding artworks will offer the opportunity to learn more about our Founders’ interest in Napoleon and the times he defined.
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Dining with The Bowes in the 18th Century

19 November - March 2017

This display will show some of the pottery, porcelain and silver which the Bowes family used for both everyday dining and grand entertaining.


Cataractonium: Unearthing Life in a Roman Town

26 November – 5 March 2017

An in-focus display of artefacts found by archaeologists as part of a major project to upgrade the A1 to a motorway in North Yorkshire.
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