The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum

Charity information

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum, set in rural Teesdale, in the North East of England, is a stunning piece of French-inspired architecture containing one of the country’s most remarkable collections of fine and decorative arts. The museum was founded by John and Joséphine Bowes and opened to the public in 1892. As well as its designated collections, which span the 14th to 19th centuries and include paintings, ceramics, textiles and furniture, the museum hosts an acclaimed exhibition programme. The collections are enhanced by the museum’s lifelong learning programme which includes fun-filled family activities, scholarly lectures and a growing schools programme.

Founded 1999

  • Mission statement

    The vision and passion of John and Joséphine Bowes is embodied by their unique building, park and collections. We will celebrate these by igniting the imagination and enriching people’s lives through the excellence of our exhibitions and displays. Everything we do will match the quality of our collections.

  • Aims

    The Bowes Museum aims to:

    • The Charity’s objectives are to advance the public’s education and understanding of art, craft, design and history, in particular, but not exclusively, by acquiring, operating, and maintaining The Bowes Museum, its collections and associated grounds at Barnard Castle, County Durham. Over the last five years the trustees and staff have carried out a wide range of developments, including capital projects, partnership working, and consultation, which has helped to both achieve and refine their original vision and objectives, all with the purpose of achieving the Trust’s charitable objectives.
  • Overview

    Established: November 1999

    Registered Charity Number: 1079639

    Board members: 19

    Full time staff: 75

    Volunteers: 90

    Phone number: 01833 694613

    Address: Newgate Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8NP

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