Bolton Library and Museum Services


The Bank Holiday is nearly here (Monday 27 August)!

Bolton Central Library, Museum and Aquarium will be open from 10am to 4pm.

It’s Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival so come and join us at the Market Place for lots of free activities.

All the Community Libraries will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

Smithills Hall will be open from 12pm to 4pm.

More details about the Food and Drink festival

Starting you own food and drink business?

Bolton Libraries and Business Bolton are running a free business start up event on Tuesday 28th August at 6.30pm.

Award winning baker Angelika Searle will tell us how she grew her business from baking biscuits in her kitchen to opening her own bakery, Pretzel and Spelt in 2018.

This event will give you the opportunity to hear about the highs and lows of setting up in business, ask questions and to network: ideal if you have been inspired by the Bolton Food and Drink Festival!

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Summer of Mischief and Mayhem

Come along and join in free holiday activities at venues across Bolton Library and Museum Services. Events are suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

The activities are FREE and no need to book unless otherwise stated.

Event details

Work on Bolton Museum’s new tribute to ancient Egypt is now underway

A new gallery, entitled Bolton's Egypt, will be built in the museum’s current art gallery, history centre and temporary exhibition gallery.

It will feature a full size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III as its centrepiece and depict Bolton’s important links to ancient Egypt in a family-friendly and interactive exhibition.

In order for the work to take place, the museum – which is situated on the top floor of the building – is now closed to the public for the duration of the project.

Find out more about Bolton's Egypt

Temporary closure of Bolton Museum

The Museum will be closed while work continues on our exciting new gallery development. We still have the Animals and Us exhibition and a selection from our art collection exhibited in the basement opposite the Aquarium.

Unfortunately, during this time, we cannot provide Museum enquiry and object loan services or accept new donations.


More detail on the museum closure and temporary exhibitions


Bolton's library service. Find information about branch opening times and all our other services.

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Come and enjoy amazing history, art, culture and activities in our accessible and family friendly galleries.

Museum section


Browse archives indexes and plan your visit to the History Centre based at Bolton Museum.

Archives section

The Aquarium

Greater Manchester's only public aquarium, based in the Central Library and Museum building.

Aquarium section

Ask Bolton Libraries

A boroughwide Enquiry Service providing quick, thorough responses to questions sent by phone, fax, letter or email.

Ask Bolton Libraries section

Historic Halls

History and visitor information about our historic halls: Hall i' th' Wood Museum and Smithills Hall.

Historic Halls section