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Two attractions in one, Bolton Museum and Bolton Aquarium is perfect for a family day out.

An absorbing and memorable experience awaits you at Bolton’s brilliant cultural, historical and aquatic hub.

Whether it’s Egyptian mummies or local history and wildlife Bolton Museum has a collection for you. There are 60,000 specimens in the botanical collection, and over 3500 items of fine art, mostly by British artists dating from the 18th century to modern day. There’s a section on local history, as well as a great general geology collection featuring around 25,000 items.

The museum’s galleries are on the first and second floors, the library on the ground floor and the aquarium is in the basement. The aquarium is home to an extensive collection of freshwater fish from as far away as Peru and Venezuela to Madagascar and Egypt. While you’re here remember not to feed the Piranhas - and see if you can make out the tiny Pygmy Class Danio, one of the smallest fish in the world!

The Archives are the place to start researching your family history. You can also find posters, articles, newspapers maps, and all kinds of records - or view the Walt Whitman Collection, founded by the Bolton Fellowship.

Getting to Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archives

Nearest train station: Bolton

Distance from train station: 0.4 miles, 7 min walk

Located in the centre of town behind the Town Hall, Bolton Train Station is a 10 min walk


Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 1SE

01204 332211

What to know before you go

Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays)

The museum is temporarily closed while the Egypt gallery is being refurbished. Visitors can still enjoy exhibitions in two new galleries on the lower ground floor adjacent to the aquarium. It is anticipated the museum will re-open to the public in 2018.


Disabled access throughout, toilets, shop,

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Other museums to explore in the North

Bankfield Museum - Halifax

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

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