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“In need of serious TLC”

Bolton Library and Museum Services
Ranked #6 of 58 things to do in Bolton
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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.
Reviewed September 13, 2017

I visited the aquarium, library and art collection with a 12 year old, it was my first visit so I was full of expectation. The library is an excellent facility while the stuffed birds and animals exhibition is quite staid and repetitive (why show lines of the same birds ? I didn't see the relevance. The aquarium was ....... well grubby, the fish tanks were in very poor condition, the fish deserve better and as for the 2nd exhibit being a tank of rubbish and slime is simply garbage, it does not portray a meaningful message to ask people not to throw their stuff in the water. The museum was closed as a new Egyptian display was being set up however, I for one, will not be rushing back.

Thank Gordon C
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231maureenl, Information Assistant at Bolton Library and Museum Services, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2017

Thank you very much for your review.

We are pleased that you thought the library was excellent.

We are in the process of a major refurbishment to the whole building which is planned to finished by summer 2018.

Kind regards

Maureen

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Reviewed August 14, 2017

Not an exhaustive Library, which one is?
A very smoothly run, well funded, practial Public Building that should be held up as an example of good practice.

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231maureenl, Information Assistant at Bolton Library and Museum Services, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2017

Thank you very much for your review and we hope that you will visit our libraries again.

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Maureen

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Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

Straightforward..cheap...very convenient.Didn t use other facilities but friendly and competent advice given. Will revisit to see the museum, beautiful building on Le Mans Crescent.

Thank Margaret E
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Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

Lovely library with a great children's section. My girls really enjoy it.
Self scan machines as well no.long queues

Thank Elaine S
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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Visited the archives here hunting material for a project I'm working on and was meant by a wonderful member of staff who seemed to have everything at his finger tips. Some interesting publications on local history for sale. Huge respect for the monumental archive that is being put together of the men from Bolton who served in the First World War - an amazing project to remember and pay respect to their memory. Very central and accessible, with reserve collections to be ordered.

Thank neddyb1
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231maureenl, Information Assistant at Bolton Library and Museum Services, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2017

Hello,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we are delighted to hear that you were pleased the service at our History Centre.

We hope that you will visit us again.

Best wishes

Maureen

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