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Making Landscape 1778 - 2016



The museum’s art collection is represented in a new exhibition, on the lower ground floor.

Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition features a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs.     

The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal...

Animals and Us exhibition

A new interactive, family exhibition is now open at Bolton Museum – with a tiny mouse as star of the show.

Leopold, the inquisitive mouse, has been designed by Chorlton illustrator Anna Violet and is the mascot for Animals and Us.

He will guide visitors through the exhibition, showing them how all animals – from insects to elephants – are an important part of our everyday lives.

The Animals and Us exhibition is in the new exhibition space on the...

Family History Day

Sat 21 Oct 2017 at 10:00 - Tomorrow


Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it?


If so visit our History Centre and talk to the Archives staff along with members of Bolton Family History Society for advice on how to...

Radical Bolton archive session and walking tour

Fri 17 Nov 2017 at 12:00


This tour will involve looking at material from Bolton Museum’s archive collection followed by a walking tour. Bolton has a fascinating history linked to anti-slavery, workers’ rights, LGBT history, Spanish Civil War, suffragettes and activism etc. So pull on your hat of liberty and dig out...

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