Bolu Museum was established to provide protection and display of the works belonging to Bolu and its environs. In 1976, the museum moved to the Bolu Cultural Center. In 1977, the Museum Officer transformed into a museum directorate, and the exhibition – arrangement work was opened on 14.11.1981.
Located on the ground floor of the Cultural Center building; archaeological hall and ethnography hall. There are 3286 archaeological sites, 1677 ethnographic and 12095 coins in total.
Archaeology Hall: In the Archeology Hall located on the ground floor of the museum, marble, glass, metal and terracotta artefacts belonging to the Neolithic, Old Bronze, Phrygian, Urartian, Lydia, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods are displayed chronologically. Among these artefacts, BC II. finds of Seben-Korucuk; B.C. The works of Değirmenözü village of I. are; Göynük – Susuzkınık Village finds from the Hellenistic period; Seben – The god of health captured in Celtikdere village, Asclepius, his daughter Hygeia and his assistant Telesphoros Figurines.
In the necropolis of the ancient city of Claudiopolis (cemetery), a Roman-style brick grave specimen uncovered in the salvage excavation of the museum is among the works exhibited in the archaeology hall along with the skeleton and burial gifts.
Coin Department: There is a rich coin collection consisting of gold, silver and bronze coins in the archaeology hall. In the first group of coins exhibited in two separate sections, coins of Greek city and kingdoms and coins of Roman and Byzantine emperors are exhibited.
In the section of Islamic coins, Umayyad, Artuqid, Seljuk, Ilhanli, Ottoman etc. There are examples of coins belonging to Islamic cultures. In this section, the Ottoman treasures, which are exhibited as three separate groups, are among the most remarkable works of the coin department.
Ethnography Hall: The ethnographic works of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century and used in daily life in the ethnographic hall on the second floor of the museum; In the showcases that make up the subject unity, they are presented to the visitors considering the local features. These include weapons collection, religious artefacts, jewellery, examples of needlework in the Mudurnu region, metallic objects of everyday life, processing and textiles, and clothing. In a part of the ethnography room, a traditional Bolu House kitchen and living room and a separate showcase in Bolu were also designed.
Museum Garden: Large scale stone and terracotta artefacts registered in the museum inventory are exhibited in the museum garden. The works exhibited in the garden belong to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. These works include sarcophagi, grave steles, sculpture pedestals, columns, column pedestals, column headers, frieze, architraves, etc. architectural elements; Byzantine baptismal boat etc. architectural pieces and inscribed tombstones belonging to the Ottoman period. The tombs and sarcophagi of the Roman period and the gravestones of the Ottoman period, which were unearthed during the rescue excavations carried out by our museum, were presented in separate sections in the museum garden.