A new gallery, entitled Bolton's Egypt, will be built in the museum’s current art gallery, history centre and temporary exhibition gallery.
It will feature a full size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III as its centrepiece and depict Bolton’s important links to ancient Egypt in a family-friendly and interactive exhibition.
In order for the work to take place, the museum – which is situated on the top floor of the building – is now closed to the public for the duration of the project.
Visitors to the museum can continue to enjoy exhibitions during the refurbishment in two new galleries on the lower ground floor, next to the Aquarium which is open as normal.
The Animals and Us exhibition is in Lecture Theatre Two and features a broad selection of the museum collections. The family-friendly exhibition shows how animals feature in all aspects of our lives, including religion, sport, entertainment and fashion.
The museum’s art collection will be represented in a new exhibition, also on the lower ground floor.
Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition will feature a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs.
School visits to the museum will continue to operate while the work is ongoing.
It is anticipated the museum will reopen to the public in 2018.
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