Bolton Library and Museum Services


Temporary closure of Bolton Lives gallery

Unfortunately Bolton Lives gallery will be shut from Monday 24th August for up to four weeks for essential maintenance works.

Please be assured that the Egypt Gallery and Art Galleries will be open as usual. The Aquarium will be unaffected. Our new family friendly exhibition Incredible Animals will also be open during this period

All planned events and activities will go ahead and there will be new trails and worksheets for children to complete.

We apologise for this inconvenience and will post regular updates about when Bolton Lives will re-open.

Smithills Hall Tea Room

Visitors to Smithills Hall can now enjoy a cuppa with their culture.

The new pop-up tea room which is now open at Smithills Hall, offers afternoon tea, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and ice cream.

Smithills Hall Tea Room

2015 Summer holiday activities

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Join Bolton Library and Museum Services for a fantastic programme of events over the summer holidays

View all holiday activities

Summer Reading Challenge 2015

This year's exciting Summer Reading Challenge has  a 'Record Breakers' theme!

Read our blog post to find out more!


Find out more about SRC 2015!

Egyptology funding statement

At their meeting in March, the HLF North West committee agreed to award Bolton Council a grant of £1,884,500 subject to us securing the specialist support required to oversee the Eternal Egypt project.

Read more about the funding statement


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.

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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