Bolton Library and Museum Services


All Library and Museum venues closing for staff training on 6 March

All of Bolton’s libraries will be closed on Monday 6 March until 2pm due to a staff development session.

Items will not incur fines for that day.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any queries please call 01204 333173.

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

February Half Term activities

Animals and Us logo

This half term we are celebrating our new exhibition ‘Animals and Us’. Join us for free themed activities during the week. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

There is also lots to do at our community libraries and historic halls

More details for half term activities

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