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All that Glitters is not Gold!

An in-focus display of artefacts found by archaeologists as part of a major project to upgrade the A1 to a motorway in North Yorkshire opens at the iconic Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle on Saturday 26 November 2016...more

Silver Swan Automaton To Visit Science Museum 

The much loved Silver Swan automaton - the emblem of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle - is to migrate to the Science Museum in London...more

Icicle Queens Sure to Melt Hearts at The Bowes Museum's Christmas Market
The Bowes Museum’s well established Christmas Market – a firm favourite in the regional calendar – takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December 2016...more

Heritage Lottery Fund Awards £10,000 to The Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Linking Children to Local Heritage: Sharing the Museum’s Roll of Honour with Schools project...more

Image and Substance: St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child
The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce the opening of an in-focus display which celebrates the acquisition of a rare and outstanding painting...more

October Half Term at The Bowes Museum
There’s plenty of opportunity to keep the children occupied this half term with a selection of educational and eerie events taking place at The Bowes Museum...more

Love, Romance & Sex in First World War Propaganda
As part of The Bowes Museum’s HLF funded First World War project, “To Serve King and Country”, a series of four illustrated talks will take place this autumn onsubjects as diverse as romance and propaganda, North East trench art, music and musicians of the First World War and how women’s fashion responded to the War...more 

Packed Programme of Activities and Events at The Bowes Museum Lates!
Experience The Bowes Museum after hours during a packed programme of activities and events at the popular Lates! evening on Thursday 8th September...more

‘Sole’ - A Celebration Of Design, Street, Style And Creativity At The Bowes Museum
Sneaker culture kickstarts an event which brings design, street style, photography, fashion and creativity all under one roof on Saturday 17 September 2016...more

Outstanding Cultural Asset Saved For The Nation
The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has secured funding from Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and a number of private donors, totalling £2,290,650, to acquire an outstanding 15th century painting deemed an important British cultural asset and initiating a partnership with York Art Gallery and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery...more

Museum Delighted To Reach £1m Fundraising Target
The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce its success in reaching a £1m fundraising target within the final month of a four year campaign...more

The Bowes Museum Achieves National Accreditation 
The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce that its Archive has been awarded Archive Accreditation...more

Make a Pledge for Chance to Create Unique Piece of Art at The Bowes Museum
A colourful family exhibition, From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha, opens at The Bowes Museum next month, and with it comes an opportunity to get involved in the creation of a unique piece of art...more

A British Museum Spotlight Tour, From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha
From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha, a spotlight exhibition developed by the British Museum, opens at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle on Saturday 21st May 2016...more

Sex and the City Meets Cinderella at The Bowes Museum
Powerful? Practical? Crippling? Comfy? - whatever your taste in footwear it’s certain to be reflected in The Bowes Museum’s major summer exhibition...more 

Kings, Queens and Selfies Make for Half Term Fun at The Bowes Museum
Looking for inspiration to keep the children amused during May half term?...more

Boxes, Baskets and Bunny Ears spell Easter Fun at The Bowes Museum
Egg-citement is in the air at The Bowes Museum, with a superb range of family activities on offer over the Easter holidays...more

The Bowes Museum Marks English Tourism Week with Free Entry on Sunday 13 March 2016 
Visitors to The Bowes Museum will receive free entry on Sunday 13th March 2016 to mark English Tourism Week...more

'English Roses' set to bloom in The Bowes Museum's major new exhibition
The concept of the ‘English Rose’ will be celebrated in a major new exhibition, opening at The Bowes Museum in May 2016...more

Museum Fundraising Campaign Takes a Step Nearer its £1m Target
The Bowes Museum has moved a step nearer reaching its £1m fundraising target after securing additional pledges of match funding for its endowment fund...more

Antiques Roadshow Expert Officially Opens The Bowes Museum's New Ceramics Galleries
The Bowes Museum was delighted to welcome Lars Tharp, one of the longest serving experts on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme...more

Real Reindeer, Festive Fare & Quality Crafts at The Bowes Museum's annual Christmas Market - until 23 December 2015
A tempting array of fabulous food and creative crafts is on offer at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December...more

The Bowes Museum Start children on an amazing journey into the arts
The Bowes Museum is celebrating being one of just 10 UK arts venues to be chosen by leading arts education charity, Children & the Arts, to join the prestigious three year ‘Start’ arts programme this year...more

Paving The Way To UK Exclusive Exhibition
Visitors flocking to The Bowes Museum for the current Yves Saint Laurent exhibition are reaping the benefits of improvements to the grounds, courtesy of Taylor Wimpey, one of the country’s largest residential developers...more

The Wheels On The Bus Head For UK Exclusive YSL Exhibition
Culture lovers from near and far can now board a coach directly from Durham City straight to the doors of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle...more

Recently Revealed Dior Dress, Created By The Young Yves Saint Laurent, To Be Displayed At The Bowes Museum This Summer
A recently revealed Christian Dior dress, which was made by Yves Saint Laurent whilst he was the art director of the House of Dior at the age of 22, is to go on display...more

Festival of French Films Complements UK Exclusive Exhibition
An exciting Festival of French films is to be screened at The Witham in Barnard Castle this summer...more

The Bowes Museum and Fenwick Announce Major Sponsorship Deal In Support of UK's First Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition
The Bowes Museum and Fenwick Ltd are delighted to announce the company’s sponsorship of the forthcoming UK exclusive exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal...more

The Bowes Museum forms cultural partnership with Tennants Auctioneers - Until 31 August 2015
The Bowes Museum and Tennants Auctioneers are delighted to announce their collaboration to promote culture and the arts in the North East and Yorkshire...more

Yves Saint Laurent - Hottest Tickets in Town Now Available From The Bowes Museum & The Witham in Barnard Castle
Tickets for the eagerly anticipated UK exclusive exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal can now be obtained in person from The Bowes Museum, as well as online...more

Celebration of Local Produce at The Bowes Museum's Summer Market! - 28 June 2015
This year’s annual Summer Market takes place in the beautiful grounds of The Bowes Museum on Sunday 28 June from 10.00 – 4.00...more

The Bowes Museum Is To Present The First Ever Exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent In The UK - Until 25 October
The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent are delighted to announce Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal..more