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

The City of Oroville

is seeking volunteers

to serve as Docents

in the city museums


The Docent Association Program began in 1984.  The City of Oroville Museum Docents have many responsibilities included in staffing the various museums.  They act as tour-guides and interact with visitors to ensure that they have a memorable experience. They collect admission fees, staff the gifts shops, archive artifacts, update records, and assist with special projects. Docents are asked to work two periods of 4 hours each per month ... but may work more if desired.

Docents truly are AMBASSADORS to all who visit the City museums. They are also the life blood of making the museums work!


For more information please call (530) 538-2508

Applications can be found at City Hall,1735 Montgomery Street, Oroville, CA 95965

Or online at


my picture Open Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 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 530-538-2401
  • City of Oroville Museum Passport Holders & 3 guests FREE

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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