The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
County Durham DL12 8NP
Tel: 01833 690606

The Bowes Museum opened in 1892 as a result of Victorian enterprise, taste and philanthropic vision. John Bowes, the illegitimate but fully acknowledged son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore, inherited his father’s wealth but not his title. In 1847 he moved to Paris and met Joséphine Coffin-Chevallier, an actress who became his wife. Their shared love of art led to the creation of a world-class museum in Teesdale, the place of John’s birth.

The Museum is home to a collection of European fine art and decorative arts. Highlights include works by Goya, El Greco and Canaletto, and the iconic Silver Swan automaton.

The Museum offers exhibitions and events alongside its permanent displays - often bringing objects of national and international significance to North East England. All of this is underpinned by a growing education programme. The building is undergoing major capital work whilst maintaining this busy schedule.