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“A treasure trove of goodies”
Review of The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: It’s been delighting visitors for more than 100 years, and now a £12m revamp has transformed The Bowes Museum into a must see 21st Century place to visit.A romantic history, stunning galleries, great location, fine dining, top class exhibitions, family fun events, a thriving toddler group – all these can be discovered inside this fabulous listed building which resembles a French chateau.And that’s not all. It’s surrounded by parkland, woodland walks, formal gardens and a newly opened children’s play area.No visit is complete without a browse in our shop, or a delicious snack in Café Bowes.If you’re looking for a great day out, make The Bowes Museum your destination of choice. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute info on what’s on when.
Reviewed 13 June 2014

The building, the story of the acquisition of its contents, the Hockney prints, the exhibition of art relating to mining, the silver swan with its all too brief but enchanting display, the works of art and fashion - all really interesting and well displayed. We had gone, by prior arrangement, to see some specific paintings that related to our family history, and the staff were helpful and welcoming in showing us these, including those in the excellent storage facility.Thoroughly recommended.

Thank farthingstravels
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

I went with a party of 23. We had booked and were warmly welcomed. The museum is AMAZING our guide described the Bowes as shoppers rather than collectors and I agree with her.There is something for everybody to be enthralled by. This is a place that needs to be visited time and time again. On a practical note wheelchairs were available, with lifts between the floors, there was ample seating around all the exhibitions.In my opinion this is a must place to visit.I didn't get time to explore outside, I sure that will take at least a day in itself. I can,t wait to go back.

Thank sue j
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The timeless atmosphere of Bowes Museum begins to work it's magic over you, the moment you drive through the gates and park your car, using your own common sense and without instructional direction signs. You could almost be arriving, as a guest, at a stately home, so imposing is the building and it's surroundings as you approach.
The story of Josephine and John Bowes is most touching and becomes part of the breadth and beauty of their collection of sculpture, paintings and many other artifacts gathered specifically for this museum. The high standard of periodically-changing contemporary exhibitions offer a chance to see for yourself what is happened recently, against a backdrop of mid 19th Century European art.
The guided tour is well worth taking. The stairs have carpet you are allowed to walk on! The Cafe Bowes offers really nice food, at affordable prices, so you can relax and make the most of your visit.

Thank JefferyRichardson
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Visited on a Sunday mainly to see Hockney print exhibition. On arrival was surprised that the exhibition was included in entry price, good value many other exhibits including out men painters. The exhibitions were very well presented. Not too large so able to take everything in. Really enjoyed. Had vegetarian Sunday lunch. It was really well cooked and presented and very good value. Then to finish off walked around grounds. You could picnic if you wanted. The grounds are very impressive. With some great specimen trees. I would really recommend visiting, it is a great day for all the family.

Thank Dave P
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Fabulous museum, well worth a visit. The coal mining exhibition presently showing was great. Wonderful paintings

Thank Sandra W
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