The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum opened to the public in 1892 and is the creation of John and Joséphine Bowes. Built in the style of a French château and sitting in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, it is the result of Victorian enterprise, taste and philanthropic imagination. The Museum is home to collections of European fine and decorative art, textiles, ceramics, silver and metals, archaeology and toys. Highlights include works by Goya, El Greco, Van Dyck and Turner, and the Museum’s iconic Silver Swan automaton, recently returned from its role at London’s Science Museum Robots exhibition. Complementing these collections, The Bowes Museum offers an ambitious and lively exhibition events programme featuring a number of distinct strands appealing to a wide range of audiences such as contemporary art, fashion, family and fine art, often bringing objects of national and international significance to North East England. Recent exhibitions have included the UK exclusive Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition followed in 2016 with Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. This year we will be celebrating our 125 anniversary and hosting the House of Fairy Tales: Tiptoe Through The (Turkish) Tulips and Clockwork Garden.
The Museum’s Education Department was awarded the Sandford Heritage Award and its education provision to schools is of the highest standard.



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