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Whatever the weather, there’s plenty of fun to be had at The Bowes Museum during half term.
Fancy taking home a tussy mussy, or discovering what it could possibly be? Then drop in to the Terrific Tudors Family Fun Day between 11.00-4.00 on Tuesday 28 May to have a go at making one. Or try your hand at a Tudor art technique called pricking and pouncing, creating a jester stick or making a finger puppet. There is even a themed trail around the Museum.
The following day (Wednesday 29), also from 11.00-4.00, activities are centred round Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, a beautiful painting by Manet which was recently saved from export. It is on show at The Bowes Museum until 2 June, on the first stop of a national tour, and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to participate in fun craft activities which complement the painting.
While there is no charge for children for the above drop in sessions, they must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal museum admission applies. No booking is required.
On Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May come along and be inspired by the Museum’s collection of decorated boxes before making one of your own to take home. This time adults go free, but the cost for children is £3.00 per session, which take place from 10.30-12.00 and 1.00-2.30 each day. Booking is required on 01833 690606.
For more information, please contact the Museum’s Education and Learning Coordinator, Amy Bainbridge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bowes Museum, Café Bowes and Shop are open daily from 10.00. A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling the above number or by viewing the website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk.
• The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes. Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in. The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.
• The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme. Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
• The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
• Normal admission to the museum: Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children Free (under 16s). Admission allows access to all exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation admission prices are: Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.70, Six Month Pass £12.50, Children (under 16) and carers free.
• The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531, www.discoverdurham.co.uk