Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive
Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive is a great fun day out for both children and adults alike.
Our collection is full of exciting and fascinating objects from across the globe that the whole family can enjoy, from Japanese Samurai armour to South American butterflies; and Bolton's connection to Egypt is celebrated in our wonderful Ancient Egypt gallery displaying jewels, treasures, everyday objects and a 3,200 year old mummy.
Visit the Wildlife on your doorstep gallery which shows all kinds of fascinating creatures that live near us and their different home environments.
You can also visit the aquarium which is home to an amazing range of freshwater fish from all over the world. Open since 1941, the aquarium is the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester and a must-see for all.
Children can enjoy a whole range of activities throughout the year including quizzes and themed weeks and talks, with special events during the school holidays. There's also an activity space especially for children; with plenty of seating available for parents and carers to have a rest too.
Entrance to Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive is FREE so drop in for a visit and be inspired by all that Bolton has to offer.
A variety of products for both adults and children including pencils, pens, rubbers, rulers, activity books, stickers, notebooks, masks, wall charts, collection inspired jewellery and toys, greeting cards, keyrings, mugs and postcards.
Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities available.
No baby food or milk warming facilities available.
Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive is located in Bolton town centre, to the rear of the town hall, on Le Mans Crescent. The museum is easily accessible by road via the A676, A666 and the A579. Bolton railway station is a 10 minute walk away with regular, direct trains to and from Manchester, Blackpool and surrounding areas. There is a bus station just behind the museum adjacent to Bolton Market.
Why not make a whole day of your visit to the museum with a trip to the library on the ground floor for a wide range of family friendly activities including storytelling and book signings.
If you've had fun on your family day out to Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive, tell us about it your visit, so other people will know it's a great place to go as well.
It may be worth checking out Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
Le Mans Crescent
Telephone: 01204 33 22 11
Child FREE Opening Times: 2014 Opening Details:
The aquarium is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm.
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