Bolton Library and Museum Services


Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight

Free music events (and more!) at Bolton Central and Harwood Libraries

Join us in June for the Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight, when the RNIB promotes library services for blind and partially sighted adults and children. We're celebrating with ukuleles and encouraging everyone to register for BorrowBox and borrow an eAudio book. All are welcome to make a noise at our events!

Make A Noise In Libraries

May Half Term Activities

Come along and join in free half term 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. For more information call 01204 332853 or email

Activity details

Bolton's Egypt Events

To coincide with the redevelopment of our Egypt galleries, we're holding a series of FREE talks, film screenings and craft activities.

All the Bolton's Egypt events are FREE and they run until June 2018.

Click here for our events

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.

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