Even though Bowes Museum isn’t that far from me and everyone raves about it, it isn’t somewhere I tend to go. Thankfully, I recently got a chance to rectify that. Now before we get started I should warn you that since this was a spontaneous trip with friends, I didn’t have my camera on me. I managed to get a couple of pictures on my phone but it wasn’t a priority so I apologise in advance!
Bowes Museum is impressive from the moment you enter the property. I spent a long time just staring at the gardens and the building itself before we even went inside. I’m sure you can work out why!
While an adult ticket is £14, it does last for a full year so I was pretty impressed to find that out when I got to the ticket desk. It’s an absolute bargain, particularly because I can already tell that I am going to want to return to Bowes Museum soon (next time, I’ll bring my camera. Promise).
Inside is a mixture of permanent and rotating exhibitions. There was an impressive array of furniture, pottery, jewellery and everything else you could think of on display. I was particularly blown away by the gigantic art galleries. I could happily have spent a lot of time in there, especially as they are also home to the famous silver swan, which you can see in motion once a day at the museum. This clockwork bird was really cool and well worth checking out if you can! People tend to crowd around it so try and get there a little early to make sure that you can see it.
During our visit, there were also exhibitions on the illustrations from BFG which was absolutely fascinating, and a fashion exhibition. This is full of wonderful designs, photographs and actual items of clothing. It was so much fun to look at the way fashion has evolved over the years!
We didn’t spent too long in the museum on this particular trip but I would love to go back with a little more time and my camera in hand. I can’t believe that it took me so long to get to Bowes Museum but I really hope that my return visit will happen a little sooner!