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History and heritage

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...

Bolton Family History Helpdesk

Sat 04 Aug 2018 at 10:00


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


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Local History Group

Mon 03 Sep 2018 at 14:00


Join in our free and friendly informal local history group on the first Monday of every month from 2pm to 4pm.


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