Barnard Castle, North Dales
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Located at Barnard Castle The Bowes Museum makes a wonderful day out. The building itself is magnificent and worth the visit on its own. Inside you will find a fine collection of art and historic artifacts.
This is one for the fine art lovers amongst you. In the market town of Barnard Castle in Teesdale you will find the Bowes Museum which was built by John and Josephine Bowes to house collections of fine arts. Josephine was a Parisian actress and an amateur painter who was interested in many of the various art forms like ceramics, furniture and textiles. John Bowes was a businessman who enjoyed the art world and between them the couple decided to bring art back to John's home town of Teesdale for everyone to enjoy, hence the building of the Bowes Museum.
During their life time, the Bowes obtained art work from all over the world and upon the death on John in 1885, the Museum was taken over by Trustees who opened the doors of the Museum to the public in 1892 and visitors have flooded thru the doors ever since.
Have a look at the Fashion and Textile Gallery, the Silver and Metal gallery and the Decorative Arts gallery which are new additions, altogether over three floors there are twenty different galleries to feast your eyes upon, so there will be art of some description to take your fancy.
You can take a rest from the culture by enjoying a meal or just a snack in Café Bowes which has commanding views over Teesdale; you can even partake of a glass of vino whilst dining. You may decide to bring a picnic and enjoy it in the wonderful grounds of the Museum.
It's a full day out at Bowes Museum.
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