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


Joséphine Bowes: A Woman of Taste and Influence

20 May - 16 July

Joséphine is a fascinating but elusive character. Can we get closer to her through her collection and the rich resources of the Museum’s Archive? The exhibition explores her many roles: actress, mistress, wife, socialite, follower of fashion, artist and collector.
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Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

8 April 2017 - 9 July

This special display will celebrate England's eighteenth-century best-known actor David Garrick (1717-1779) to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2017.
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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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