Almost ten thousand visitors joined a celebration fit for Egyptian royalty at the grand re-opening of Bolton Museum.
After two years of renovation work, the official opening of Bolton’s Egypt was marked with a family fun day as residents and visitors became the first to see the town’s latest attraction.
The innovative exhibition brings ancient Egypt to life through interactive features, video screens and vibrant displays.
The refurbished galleries show off several thousand ancient Egyptian artefacts from Bolton’s collection and culminate with a breath-taking recreation of the tomb of Thutmose III.
Visitors on the opening day also enjoyed new exhibits dedicated to Bolton’s diverse art collection and an exploration of natural history.
The special occasion was marked with family-friendly activities including interactive storytelling, facepainting and crafts.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “We are delighted to share Bolton’s Egypt with the public after years of hard work to create an exhibition that everyone in Bolton can be proud of.
“Everyone involved deserves credit for creating something that is educational, entertaining and truly does justice to Bolton’s long association with ancient Egypt.
“It was great to see so many families enjoying the new exhibits on the opening day and I am confident the museum will bring visitors into the town centre for many years to come.”
The £3.8 million refurbishment project began in December 2016.
Bolton Museum is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday (9.30am opening on Wednesday) and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Entry is free.