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Bolt's Antique Tool Museum

  • 1650 Broderick St, Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 533-3096
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Bolt’s Antique Tool Muse­um (BATM) is the only known muse­um of its kind in world, with a dis­play of over 13,000 of the most impor­tant items ever invent­ed by mankind: Hand Tools!

This muse­um is not only an asset to the peo­ple of Oroville and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, but also to the coun­ty, state, coun­try and the rest of the world too! Dis­cov­er antique tool dis­plays rep­re­sent­ing those thought to be made by the Egyp­tians and the Roman Empire (thought to be dat­ed 400 BC), tools rep­re­sent­ing the cre­ation of 51 dif­fer­ent rail­roads in the Unit­ed States, antique gas pumps, a sur­pris­ing­ly inter­est­ing barbed wire col­lec­tion, and so much more.

BATM is burst­ing at the walls with dis­plays, his­to­ry, cat­a­loging, infor­ma­tion, and extreme­ly knowl­edge­able docents to help in main­tain­ing the muse­um. Dis­cov­er tools across eight dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories in dif­fer­ent areas of the museum:

  • Area A: Black­smithing Tools
  • Area B: Rail­road Tools and Farm Tools
  • Area C: Mon­key Wrench­es and Pipe Wrenches
  • Area D: Alli­ga­tor Wrench­es and Oth­er Tools
  • Area E: Odd and unusu­al sizes of tools that are pre-1928
  • Area F: Detach­able Sockets
  • Area G: Vehi­cle Brand Tools
  • Area H: Hub­cap Tools

Read more about the Bolt’s Antique Tool Muse­um and oth­er Oroville muse­ums.

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His­to­ry of the Museum

Bolt’s Antique Tool Muse­um began in 1957 when Carl Bud” Bolt, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Snap-On Tools, start­ed col­lect­ing tools. He made pre­sen­ta­tions to school shop stu­dents and found that they were most inter­est­ed in his collection.

Over the decades, Bud and his wife con­tin­ued col­lect­ing tools, and in 2006, they donat­ed the col­lec­tion to the City of Oroville.

In 2021, the Smith­son­ian rec­og­nized Bolt’s muse­um, in their mag­a­zine’s Muse­um Day Live” arti­cle, as the largest doc­u­ment­ed tool col­lec­tion in the Unit­ed States.

Learn More

To learn more, watch the video below or anoth­er one from Joel Green and Our California”

Bolt's Antique Tool Museum