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Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive

Bolton, Greater Manchester, England

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries
  • Aquariums icon Aquariums

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

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.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive's website
01204 332211

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Central Library: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8.15am to 7.30pm Wednesday: 9.30am to 5.30pm Saturday: 9am to 5pm Sunday: 10am to 4pm. Museum and Aquarium: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9am to 5pm Wednesday: 9.30am to 5pm Sunday: 10am


Free for all!

More Information


Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.

Gift shop

Children's toys, posters, stationery, jewellery, art prints, local history books and many more items.


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