Bolton Library and Museum Services


Bolton Museum is now open

Explore the new galleries including Bolton’s Egypt which draws on the town’s longstanding association with Egyptology.

Bolton’s Egypt features a walk-through replica of the tomb of the ancient pharaoh Thutmose III. The exhibition features over 2,000 artefacts from Bolton’s significant collection.

The new gallery is joined by Bolton’s Art, a showcase of the finest works in the museum’s collection and Bolton’s Nature, an exploration of natural history.

More details here

The Bolton Light Festival


18th October to 22nd November 2018

This year will include various community events and activities across the town centre and districts with a finale Lantern Light Parade Christmas Light Switch-On event on Thursday 22nd November.

Please check back for the full calendar of events.

More details about the light festival


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

Libraries section


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