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The Bowes Museum, England

The Bowes Museum

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Art Gallery, Historic Buildings and Monuments, Parks Gardens and Woodlands, Visitor Centres and Museums, Childrens Attractions, Cafes Coffee Shops and Tearooms


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Daily from 10:00. Closes at 16:00 November to Feb. Closed 25/26 Dec and 1st Jan

The Bowes Museum Art Gallery in Barnard Castle, County Durham, England


Enjoy the greatest collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England and an acclaimed exhibition programme, alongside special events and children’s activities.

Named after its founders John and Josephine Bowes, thsi spectacular museum opened in 1892. The couple's intriguing story and the wonderful collection of fine and decorative arts are brought to life in a magical museum experience.

Visit the family friendly Streatlam galleries, which provide an introduction to the permanent collections of textiles, furniture, ceramics and paintings. The outstanding ceramic collections include pieces from the great continental factories of Sevres and Meissen, as well as the Lady Ludlow Collection of English Porcelain.

Fansatic paintings including masterpieces by Canaletto, Goya and Gainsborough can be found in the picture galleries.

The most popular object is the famous "Silver Swan", a working musical automaton made in 1773.

Activities for all the family, beautiful grounds and the renowned Cafe Bowes make this the perfect day out.

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