The Bowes Museum

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.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
11 June - 9 October 2016
This exhibition, organised by the V&A, will display more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection. The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage this stunning exhibition...more


Echoes of Light
30 July - 30 October 2016

Engraved Glass Exhibition by the Northern Branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers...more

The Dales Pony – 100 years of Service
2 April - 4 September 2016
From the mid-19th century to the end of the second world war, thousands of Dales ponies were to be seen in our northern and midland towns...more


200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Waterloo
June - 
To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a group of volunteers and students, supported by staff at The Bowes Museum, have curated a display showing...more

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