Bolton Library and Museum Services


Half term events and activities

Come along for lots of fun activities at Bolton Library and Museum Services’ venues (from Saturday 27 May to Saturday 3 June).

Details of all our half term activities

May Bank holiday opening times for all services 29 May

Bolton Central Library, Museum and Aquarium

This building will be open from 10am to 4pm.

Come along and see what you can make at our free drop in craft sessions, 1.30pm to 3pm. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

Smithills Hall

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

Join us for a drop in craft session, 1.30pm to 3pm, free event and no need to book. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

All the Community Libraries will be closed on both Bank Holiday Mondays.

Temporary closure of Bolton Museum

The museum will be closed while the Eternal Egypt gallery is being installed, but we still have the Animals and Us exhibition and a selection from our art collection exhibited in the basement opposite the aquarium.

More detail on the museum closure and temporary exhibitions

Restoration plan for Smithills Hall

Smithills Hall

Work is now underway to restore the West Wing of Smithills Hall to its original splendour

More detail on the plan

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

A new gallery, entitled Eternal 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 Eternal Egypt


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