Bowes Museum exhibitions are ever-changing, with all sorts of topics being covered. Take a look below to see what's on for the remainder of 2019 as well as into 2020.
You can also see activities at the museum in our Bowes Museum events roundup.
Bowes Museum exhibition #1: Lego - Building The Bowes Museum, May 25 2019 - February 23 2020
The Bowes Museum has turned itself into Lego fans' dreams, with 15 of their most loved objects including the Silver Swan recreated by Steve Mayes from Brick This, and you can have a go at making them too. The Bowes Museum Lego Creation Station is where you can take inspiration from your own collections to build your own museum of treasures.
The Bowes Museum Lego exhibition is included in the friends and visitor passes.
Bowes Museum exhibition #2: Hockney and Hollywood, July 13 - November 3 2019
This summer the Bowes Museum welcomes Hollywood in the form of a major photo montage by Britain's most famous living artist David Hockney. The picture called Nude, 17th June 1984 was commissioned by film director Nicolas Roeg (best known for directing amongst others The Witches) for the movie Insignificance that starred his wife Theresa Russell as Marilyn Monroe. Accompanying this are original photographs taken by Roeg observing Hockney at work on the picture.
The Bowes Museum David Hockney exhibition is included in the friends and visitor passes.
Bowes Museum exhibition #3: Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants, July 20 - November 3 2019
Immerse yourself in Nick Sharratt's world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete.
The Bowes Museum Nick Sharratt exhibition is included in the friends and visitor passes.
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Bowes Museum exhibition #4: Judy Hurst – Illumination: The Gateway to Eternity, September 21 - February 23 2020
Judy Hurst returns to The Bowes Museum with another exhibition of intricate illustrative works. She specialises in the historic and traditional technique of painting on vellum (calfskin). Her work is inspired by her knowledge, respect and deep love of nature and the patterns that she believes are fundamental to existence.
Bowes Museum exhibition #5: #Untitled10 2019, October 11 - February 28 2020
#Untitled10 sees 10 craft makers and artists in residence at The Bowes Centre, who will present a unique series of works in progress displayed around the Museum, near items or stories that influenced their creation.
#Untitled10 2019 will explore the concepts of craft, materials and making, showcasing the processes involved in interpreting the Bowes Museum itself, its history and collection.
Bowes Museum exhibition #6: The Power and the Virtue - Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia, October 26 2019 - January 20 2020
This is the first exhibition outside London dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni, presenting the artist and his relevance in Western art history.
This exclusive Bowes Museum exhibition will feature works by Guido Reni from prestigious public and private collections that will allow you to experience the mastery and aesthetic quality of Guido Reni's masterpieces.
Bowes Museum exhibition #7: Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, November 16 - February 23 2020
Celebrating the centenary of acclaimed artist Norman Cornish MBE, this major retrospective tells the story of his enduring career with the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled, including a number of previously unseen pieces.
Bowes Museum is open daily from 10am. Bowes Museum tickets prices are annual adult pass £14, concessions £12, family annual pass £30 (two adults and four children people aged five-17), family annual pass £16 (one adult and four children aged five-17), student day entry £6, under 18s day entry £5 (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult), under fives free, carers free. For more information call Bowes Museum on 01833 690606.