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


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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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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Dining with The Bowes in the 18th Century

19 November - 30 April

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