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Call to schedule your 2018 tours at (530) 538-2401.

Bolt’s Antique Tool MuseumOpen Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 3:45pm
          Sunday 11:45am - 3:45pm

Bolt's Website.
View Bolt's Antique Tool Museum Website
(This is a third party website; it will take you away from the City of Oroville website)


  • $3 Adults ($2.50/each for AAA members or groups of 15 or more)
  • Children under 12 Free
  • Group/classroom tours available, call for appointment 530-538-2497
  • City of Oroville Museum Passport Holders & 3 guests FREE
  • 2010 History in your hands program starts January 2nd with Evolution of Tools, January 9th Survival of the Dust Bowl, January 16th History and use of Branding Irons, and January 29th History of Barbed Wire.  Please call the museum at (530) 538-2528 for registration.  The presentations run about two hours.

The Bolt's Antique Tool Museum celebrates the tools that built our world. It is the largest known documented collection of hand tools.  It began in 1957 when Carl “Bud” Bolt was a representative of Snap-On Tools. He needed some old tools to show how his new tools were superior to the old ones. Thus began Bud’s life-long fascination with old tools. Although he vowed to stop collecting when he reached 1,000 pieces, the collection now numbers over 12,000 pieces.  Each is meticulously cataloged and referenced with research ongoing, fulfilling Bud’s dream of having a collection that will be enjoyed and studied by tool aficionados, scholars, and students from around the world.

This unique museum also offers an interactive student discovery program as well as a lecture service suitable for grade school to adult levels, plus a unique gift shop!




 Bud and Liala

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