Celebrate 125 Years Of The Bowes Museum

Celebrate 125 Years Of The Bowes Museum

10 June, 10.00 – 6.00, £2.50 per adult, free for accompanied children

Join us as we mark 125 years since The Bowes Museum opened to the public for the first time. There will be a whole day of festivities for all the family to enjoy in the Museum and grounds.


  • Outstanding live music from across the region
    Carillon Heavenly local early music choir
    Orchestra Cipriani Talented young professional musicians from the North East
    Los Capitanes Amazing young Teesdale band with a fresh take on latin guitar
    The Lake Poets Celebrated Sunderland band recently back from their European tour

  • Anniversary picnic with ‘John & Joséphine Bowes’
    Bring your camping chair, a rug and a picnic and dine with our founders, who will be entertaining throughout the day. There will also be delicious local food available, and Summer drinks at the Café Bowes bar.

  • Children’s Activities
    Craft activities led by our education team
    Face Painting
    Bouncy Castle
    Punch and Judy shows

  • Talks and Tours
    Museum tours
    Library tours
    Museum curators talk about their favourite objects
    Learn about the amazing Josephine Bowes

  • Be part of it
    Be in our ‘125’ aerial photograph
    Share your stories about the Museum in our video lounge
    Choose your favourite object
    Join us in imagining what the Museum will be like in 125 years’ time
    Sign the official guest book 

Full programme to be confirmed soon, watch this space.

Please note that entry to the event will be via the front gate only, where admission will be taken.

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