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Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Aquariums

Attraction Information

At Bolton Central Library and Museum we have a wide range of activities and resources to entertain the whole family.

You can visit the cool on site 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 visitors.

In the library children can access fiction and non-fiction books to read together, plus there are computers with free internet access and a wide range of online services great for occupying teens or kids approaching it more studiously than the casual visitor.

Our Museum collection is full of exciting and fascinating objects from across the globe, 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.

Children can enjoy a whole range of activities throughout the year including trails, themed weeks and talks, with special events at weekends and during the school holidays great for keeping the kids happy and occupied while they're missing school oh-so-much!

Entrance to Bolton Central Library and Museum is free so drop in for a visit and be inspired by all that Bolton has to offer.

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Opening hours

Monday to Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday to Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 1SE, England

Phone number

01204 332211



Click here to visit Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Yes, Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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