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“Great museum and gallery” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bolton Library and Museum Services

Bolton Library and Museum Services
Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE, England
+44 1204 332211
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Bolton
Type: History Museums, Aquariums, Museums
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Owner description: Bolton Museum and Art Gallery has something for everyone. Visit our Ancient Egypt Gallery to see fascinating artifacts, learn about Bolton's rich heritage or meander your way through our collection of art. Learn about creatures from all over the world and don't forget to say hello to our dinosaur friend on your way in! We are also home to Greater Manchester's only aquarium.
Manchester, UK
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“Great museum and gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

A lovely way to spend an hour or so whilst it is bucketing down outside. Plenty to see and learn. There are dinosaur bones for the kids, a cracking Egyptology section and in the basement a small aquarium with Pirahna's!

Visited November 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“worth a visit and its free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

good few hours out, art gallery, egyptology area and in the main room history, up stairs is all animal stuffed from all over the world and a little education section. there is also a libruary and everything is free. great for the kids. there is also a gift shop

no food places but this is in the heart of bolton so plenty to eat there

Visited August 2012
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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“ALWAYS WORTH A VISIT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

So many i've spoke to have lived in Bolton years and never visit here, shame the museum is well kept and there is lots to see, the aquarium has been refurbished but is a tad out of the way from museum, there are activities for kids in holidays and it's free what more could you want?! Only gripe is the toilets are badly set out, fiddly to access with a couple of kids, ladies is tiny.

Visited September 2012
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“Pop in - pop up !”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

As local 'general' museums go - this be alright.
Upon entering you can visit the library or Tourist Information Centre on the ground floor. The latter alas had nothing to offer in the way of guidebooks to Bolton or places of interest therein.
Down stairs there be an aquarium. This alright for small 'fry' but not up to much compared to the more modern and specialist such elsewhere.
Upstairs be the Museum and Art Gallery. The museum about Bolton be fine - just what you should expect a local museum to be - about that very place and its history. The art gallery also has some local/ish pieces plus an exhibition room for touring shows. Alas, as mentioned earlier - there be no guidebooks to this place - not once on any of our several visits.

Visited October 2012
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“Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Great exhibitions, caters well for kids, interesting to visit. Always a good choice for a rainy day in school hoidays

Visited June 2012
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