The Bowes Museum

An image of The Bowes Museum

Named after its founders, John and Joséphine Bowes, The Bowes Museum, a Grade 1 listed French-style château in the historic, picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, is one of the most important museums outside London.

Full of wonderful treasures, at every turn there are significant and precious works from around Europe, including paintings by El Greco and Goya – the only works by these artists outside the national collections in London and Edinburgh.

Furniture, ceramics and sculpture are also well represented, and the collections have received Designated status from the government in recognition of their significance.

While the magnificent legacy that John and Joséphine Bowes left has been cared for to retain its charm and romance, a sympathetic change has taken place which allows for a greater part of the collections to be displayed to best advantage.

If Mary Eleanor Bowes' story has captivated you, continue the journey at The Bowes Museum
An external shot of The Bowes Museum
If Mary Eleanor Bowes' story has captivated you, continue the journey at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is also home to the extraordinary Silver Swan, a lifesize 244-year-old musical automaton housed adjacent to a stunning gallery dedicated to the Museum’s silver and precious metal objects.

The Bowes Museum, Café Bowes and shop are open daily from 10am.