Turkish Tulips

29 Jul 2017 – 5 Nov 2017

Event times

Daily from: 10.00 to 5.00

Cost of entry

Annual Pass - £14.00
Annual Pass (concessions) - £12.00
Family annual pass (2 adults) - £30.00
Family annual pass (1 adults) - £16.00
Student (day entry) - £6.00
Young People day entry (under 18) - £5.00
Children (under 5) - Free

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle
England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus Services from Barnard Castle from Darlington (Arriva 75, 76 and 70), Bishop Auckland (Arriva 80) and Richmond (Arriva 79)
  • 17 miles from Darlington rail station on the East coast main line.

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Follow the trail of tulips through the Museum this summer for an enlightening insight into our relationship with Europe and the Middle East brought to you through the eyes of over 30 contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk and Sir Peter Blake.


The familiar tulip becomes un-familiar, as its role in history chronicles a greater play. When the world stage gets confusing we need a simple tale to talk us through it. Thus does our floral court jester guide us through our past and helps us to understand how to navigate our future.

This is also a romantic story set in 17th‑century Europe, a fable about social inequality and extravagance. As well it is an allegory ofaesthetics and science – about beauty and obsession. It is a trademark of our decorative arts, of fertility, of fecund optimism, of spring and rebirth. It is an Islamic motif representing love and passion as well as sacrifice and the blood of martyrs, adopted by the Europeans as an emblem of sophistication, civilization and learning. 

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*On the 30 and 31 July there will be a special opening event for the interactive family exhibition: The Clockwork Garden. An admission charge of £5.00 per adult will be applied at the front gate which includes admission to the event and the Museum. Please note that there will no entry through the rear pedestrian gate between 9.00 and 5.30 on these days.

Exhibiting artists

Yinka Shonibare

nancy fouts

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

Georgie Hopton

Tom Gallant

Matt Collishaw

Rob and Nick Carter

Philippa van Loon

Sarah Staton

Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk

Rory McEwen

Liliane Lijn

Anya Gallaccio

Fiona Banner

Helen Chadwick

Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin

Charles Jones

Mustafa Hulusi

Peter Blake

Adam Dant

Cornelia Parker

Gordon Cheung


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