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Bolton Library and Museum Services


Bolton Library and Museum

Le Mans Crescent
Bolton BL1 1SE
Tel: 01204 333333
Fax: 01204 332225

Museum Opening Hours:

Mon – 9.00am -5.00pm 
Tue – 9.00am-5.00pm 
Wed – 9.30am -5.00pm 
Thu – 9.00am – 5.00pm 
Fri – 9.00am-5.00pm 
Sat – 9.00am-5.00pm 
Sun – 10.00am-4.00pm

Please note the library opening hours are different. Check our main website for more details.

We are also open some bank holidays. Please check with the Museum before visiting.

How to find us:

The Central Library and Museum is a 5 minute walk from Bolton train station, situated to the rear of the Town Hall.

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Most areas of the Museum, Art Gallery and Aquarium are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs


Bolton’s Library, Museum and Archive Services sit at the heart of communities in the borough.  The services provide access to information, inspiration through collections and promote reading for pleasure and learning. 

The museum on Le Mans Crescent is home to:

  • one of the most comprehensive collections of Ancient Egyptian objects in the UK,

  • an impressive Local History collection that tells the story of the town’s industrial heritage,

  • one of the best Natural History collections in the UK covering Botany, Entymology and Geology, and

  • a fine Art collection of over 3500 objects including 20th century oils, watercolours, prints and sculptures.

The building also plays host to an Aquarium  which specialises in tropical freshwater fish.

You can also visit our two historic Halls, Halli'th’wood Hall,  the former home of Samuel Crompton, inventor of the spinning mule and Smithills Hall, a Grade 1 listed building full of history and drama.  Containing fine examples of architecture through the ages, from Medieval and Tudor right through to Victorian times, Smithills Hall is set in formal gardens in the West Pennine Moors.

For information on our Historic Halls, Exhibitions and Events programme visit the main website.

Bolton Museum Website