Bowes Museum exhibitions cover a wide range of topics, with changing displays focusing on a variety of different subjects. Here's what's on for the rest of 2019 and beyond.
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: Frances Priest - Influences of the East, June 22 - September 15 2019
Ceramics artist Frances Priest presents a selection of her recent work inspired by Eastern ornaments, colours and patterns, set amongst historic Chinese and Japanese porcelain from the Bowes Museum's own collections.
The Bowes Museum Frances Priest exhibition is included in the friends and visitor passes.
Bowes Museum exhibition #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: Barnard Castle Holiday Club, August 12 - August 23
Taking place across three locations, this is a school holidays club with activities. The Bowes Museum, TCR Hub and The Witham have teamed up to not only offer a childcare solution for working families but also exciting days of activities for those who are eight years or older to enjoy. You can book as many or few days as you like. The Barnard Castle Holiday Club takes place at The Witham from 9.30am-4pm, the TCR Hub from 10am-3pm, and The Bowes Museum from 8.30am-5pm.
The cost of the Barnard Castle Holiday Club is £25 per day, £28.50 with lunch, or £20 per day, £23.50 with lunch for siblings and multiple bookings.
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 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.
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