Exhibitions Coming Soon...


Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

8 April 2017 - 9 July 2017

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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Celebrating the Life and World of Joséphine Bowes

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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Turkish Tulips

29 July 2017 - 5 November 2017

This exhibition will delve into the complex and paradoxical history behind this iconic flower. Thought provoking contemporary artworks will be hidden, sprinkled and interwoven amongst the Museum collection, in an interactive experience that meanders through science, economics and aesthetics.


The Clockwork Garden

29 July 2017 - 5 November 2017

This enchanting exhibition is travelling to the Museum from a far-off planet in an immersive flourish of mechanical creatures, crystal blooms, contemporary artworks, puppets, and cloud machines. This highly creative interactive adventure will beguile and enchant children and adults alike.
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New Light Prize Exhibition

18 November - 18 February 2018

Hotly tipped as one of the most exciting contemporary shows in the North, this selling exhibition offers a range of prizes for work by Northern artists, with the overall winner awarded the prestigious Valeria Sykes Award of £10,000.
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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.


The BFG in Pictures

14 July 2018 - 30 September 2018

The BFG in Pictures, which tours from the House of Illustration is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG. The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, will contain 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG.