Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive

Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive
Le Mans Crescent


Bolton Museum & Archive Service main web site

Bolton Archives & Local Studies section

The Bowyer Bible site

Humphrey Spender site

Bolton Museum collections online


General Enquiries


Museum Customer Services Team

01204 332211


Bolton Museum Office

01204 332241

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Bolton Art Gallery
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Bolton is a medium sized regional museum that has its origins in the Chadwick Museum and Mere Hall Art Gallery.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm (Wed 9.30am)
Sun 10am - 4pm

Admission charges


Additional info

Most areas of the Museum, Art Gallery and Aquarium are accessible to people with disabilities, using the ramped entrance and passenger lift in the foyer.
Our Customer Service Team are always happy to help if you require assistance or information.

The museums collection includes Archaeology, Art, Botany, Egyptology, Entomology, Geology, Social History, Natural History, and Zoology.

Collection details

Toys and Hobbies, Sport, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Music, Medicine, Land Transport, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Kids in Museums Takeover Day

  • 21 November 2014

Building on the success of last years event, we intend to invite a local school to "take over" Smithills Hall - one of our historic houses. The children will act as tour guides in each room of the house showing groups of visitors around. If possible, I would also like our Young Volunteers to take over our Twitter Feed on that date to promote the event but not sure if this is going to be possible just yet.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Online Resources for Schools at Bolton Museum

Crescent Activity Bank is our our new on-line learning resource for secondary schools, available at

Teachers can remotely access learning resources that complement the collections and services we offer. The site has access to free online school resources which include; museum object and equipment loan boxes, tailor made workshop sessions, suggested lesson plans, and practical activities supported by videos and image packs. Subjects include Design and Technology, Science, History, Art and Geography.


  • Bolton Library and Museum Services

How to obtain

Free online resource