Published: Thursday, 13th May 2021

Bolton’s Museum, the aquarium, Hall ‘ith’ Wood and Smithills Hall will reopen next week as part of the roadmap out of lockdown restrictions.

The museum and aquarium will re-open from Monday 17 May. To celebrate their reopening, the museum will be launching the new 'World of Colours' exhibition.

The exhibition will provide a visually stimulating, informative and interesting experience for all ages. It will be a bright engaging exhibition that tells you all what colour is, how it is produced and how it is used by plants and animals, including us humans. 

There is an exciting programme of events and activities to complement the 'World of Colours' exhibition which has been funded by the Arts Council.

The first activities are the Baby Time sensory sessions for pre-walking babies and their grown-ups. These sessions will take place in the new exhibition and we will use songs, play and sensory activities to spark your little one’s curiosity and support their development.

Tuesday 18 May, 10.30am to 11.30am - please book your free place on Eventbrite 
Tuesday 25 May, 10.30am to 11.30am -
please book your free place on Eventbrite 

They’ll be a ‘bear hunt’ during half term (Saturday 29 May to Saturday 5 June) to keep the littles ones entertained.

A family friendly 'World of Colours' trail, magic shows, science activities and storytelling sessions are planned for June.     
The historical hall at Hall i’th’ Wood Museum will open Tuesday 18 May and Smithills Hall on Wednesday 19 May. Entrance to Smithills Hall is free but must be booked in advance. You can book your visit here.  

Bolton Council cabinet member with responsibility for libraries and museums, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, said: “These places are well loved by residents and visitors of Bolton and it’s fantastic they can now re-open.

“However, our borough is seeing Covid infection rates rise once again, so in order to keep everyone safe, we want to remind visitors to wear face coverings inside these venues and retain social distancing.          

“Covid safety precautions such as hand sanitiser and social distancing floor markings will be in place where necessary. The staff look forward to welcoming you back safely.”

All venues will be operating their normal opening hours.


You can find out more, including opening hours, on the Bolton Library and Museum Service website.