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Bolton Library and Museum Services

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Address: Central Library Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE, England
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+44 1204 332211
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Bolton Museum and Art Gallery has something for everyone. Visit our Ancient...

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.

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Very comprehensive collection of books, staff always helpful, 1 st Wednesday of every month at 2 pm free films shown in lecture theatre 1, also 1st Saturday of month children's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very comprehensive collection of books, staff always helpful, 1 st Wednesday of every month at 2 pm free films shown in lecture theatre 1, also 1st Saturday of month children's films shown too, good lists of things to do in Bolton

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231maureenl, Information Assistant at Bolton Library and Museum Services, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your review. I'm glad that you are pleased with the service and events that we have. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Maureen More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've never been disappointed whenever I visit this wonderful institution! The Library staff in particular are brilliant- no problem is too large or small. They will help you find all the information you need or track down any book etc .

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231maureenl, Information Assistant at Bolton Library and Museum Services, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoy your visits to the library and that our staff are very helpful. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Maureen More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Especially the museum, art gallery and Egyptology department. Had to review ,well worth a visit , the aquarium is great too.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Growing up in Bolton the museum used to be a place of great attraction. However on my last visit with my partner and children I was horrified to see how far the museum has fallen. The aquarium was so disappointing and not exactly full of fish. The Egyptian section has shrunk in size and stature. Another section of the museum... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

This was a very interesting day out. A beautiful building, we visited the aquarium which was small but interesting. The kids really liked it. We also like the older displays upstairs, especially the Egyptian section. I particularly liked the art gallery and the photos of modern Bolton life.

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Thank Mrs H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

The museum is a great place to visit. The library is on the ground floor. First floor museum and toilets. Both stairs and lifts. The basement has an aquarium. Wheelchair accessible and also disability friendly. They have a small shop too buy souvenirs and an information desk. Great for adults and children and is free. No cafe they have local... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely couple of hours spent in the museum and aquarium. Museum was very good, had gone to especially see the Egyptian section, saw something I'd never seen before, so learnt something new. Only minor criticism, was the labels didn't give a location of where the items were found. Aquarium was looking a bit 'tired' and run down, needs... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I took a disability child with me he said he wanted to go, he enjoyed it and its free, I remember the Aquarium being really big and plenty to see ?, I paid for 5 hours of car park, an hour would have covered it, so so disappointed not what I remembered, spoke to work colleges they said try Manchester... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Lovely museum, not huge but excellent section on Ancient Egypt, and very informative section on local history that is well worth a look. Free entry too which is a bonus.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

bolton library and museum has a very good aquarium free internet access computers lots books to read its open on sundays to

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