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


Streatlam Castle: Rediscover The Home Of John And Joséphine Bowes

25 November 2017 – 11 March 2018

In March 1959, the last remains of Streatlam Castle were blown up, destroying all traces of the stately home owned by the Bowes family for over 500 years. As part of The Bowes Museum’s 125th anniversary, this exhibition will recreate a detailed picture of the Castle and its contents as they would have been during John Bowes’ lifetime.
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Lux Mundi

Lux Mundi draws on the notion of light as manifestation. Through the organic versus structured nature of Lux Mundi, coupled with the multiple ways of viewing, the installation highlights the duality of light. Elusive but illuminating, quantifiable yet magical.


Joséphine Bowes – The Woman Of Fashion

26 August – 10 June 2018

Building on the theme and popularity of Joséphine Bowes – A Woman of Taste and Influence, a recent exhibition which paid tribute to the woman who was a driving force behind the Museum’s creation, this in-focus display highlights her influence as a socialite and devotee of fashion.
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