The Bowes Museum, Bernard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
I had heard about this museum but never visited, until now. I was not disappointed and this museum should be on the list of things to do for anyone in the area. As soon as you drive in through the main gates, it was ‘wow’, ‘wow’ and ‘wow’ again. Here in the middle of County Durham was a magnificent French Chateau. I parked the car and just stood there looking in amazement at such a wonderful building.
As you walk around the museum, you begin to appreciate that the chateau was built purely to house the museum, rather than a family house for John and Josephine Bowes. The museum houses the sculptures, paintings, furniture, books, glass etc collected by the Bowes family over the years.
I am not usually a fan of museums. Usually I fine them too big and I end up going just to look at specific items. The Bowes Museum was different, but part of that for me was undoubtedly the building itself.
In the collection itself, one item really stood out for me – a mechanical mouse. A gold life size mouse inlaid with pearls. It was exquisite.
There was a decent museum shop and a very nice cafe serving a good selection of hot and cold food and some very yummy cakes.
I would definitely recommend this Museum if you are in the area, you won’t be disappointed.