The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, England

When we visited Glamis Castle (childhood home of the Queen Mother who was a Bowes Lyon) a couple of months ago it led to us planning a visit to The Bowes Museum which was set up by relatives of hers.

The museum’s most famous artefact is a pure silver automaton swan which dates from 1772, it’s a replica of a female mute swan. If you just want to see her moving you can skip to 4.50 on the You Tube video below. The swan catches a silver fish and eats it, but of course swans don’t eat fish as they are vegetarians! The silver work is amazing though.

You can read more about the museum here.

2 thoughts on “The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, England

  1. I love how there is a crowd just waiting for the the set time to see the swan. It’s pretty, and amazing that it’s from 1772 and in such great working condition.

    • Stefanie,
      And you can just hear one woman saying at the end of the movement – Is that it?! They did take it apart to refurb it fairly recently, I just think it’s amazing that in 1772 someone managed to make it.

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