Bolton Museum’s Aquarium opened in January 1941, and the location and overall layout remains the same as it was then. However, present day fish care, education and behind-the-scenes activities is very different.

The collections focus has changed to a great degree. In the early years there was a focus on British freshwater fish, which could be replaced fairly easily from fish farmers, local dealers and even anglers who would offer captured fish.

At various times in the past, some species of reptiles (such as snakes, lizards and terrapins) and mammals (such as ground squirrels) were also exhibited.

We now have an amazing worldwide fish collection and two members of dedicated staff who are always available to answer questions from visitors and researchers alike.

We also have a fantastic service available for schools. Contact us for more information on school bookings.