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Welcome to our Tool Museum!!
 Please come on in and share our Passion for Tools,
and other Collectibles.

thru Saturday 10:00am-3:45pm
Closed Sunday until further notice

$3.00 Adults and Children under 12 Free

($2.50/each for AAA Members or Groups of 15 or more)

Tours Available ~ Call for Appointment
530-538-2528 or 530-533-3096


1hour interview with  Carl S. 'BUD' Bolt
City of Oroville's "PASSPORT TO HISTORY" Program Information Available Here
Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
1650 Broderick Street  *  Oroville, Ca. 95965  *  (530) 538 - 2528
12,000 TOOLS  *  The Most Important Man Made Product On Earth

Article from Oroville, CA. local GOLDEN VALUES magazine April-June 2014
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"Battle of the Bulge" Display

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    Bolt’s Antique Museum has an interesting spin
on tools donated from individuals that have defended
our country.  They have put together a series of displays
with the donated tool and the military service information
about the donor.

    One of the new displays features information about The
"Battle of the Bulge" (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945).

    The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive
campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes
region of Wallonia in Belgium, France and Luxembourg on
the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe.

    The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off
guard and became the costliest battle in terms of casualties for
the United States whose forces bore the brunt of the attack.
It also severely depleted Germany's war-making resources.

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     Our local section strives to make each and every training meeting unique and interesting for our members. With this in mind, April Overfield arranged to hold our entire training day at the Bolt's Antique Tool Museum in Oroville. If you missed it, I would personally encourage you to not only visit the Tool Museum, but make sure to sit in on the presentation about the "Evolution of Tools". We learned about how humans progressed from the stone-age tools to the modern standardized socket wrench and beyond. Well researched and sprinkled with humor, this is a presentation worth experiencing.

     Mr. Bud Bolt (his real name), Founder of Bolt's Antique Tool Museum, was a pleasure to listen to. The museum is one-of-a-kind in the United States. Tools were obviously his destiny with the last name "Bolt" and his early work as a Snap-On tool dealer. The information and exhibits contained in the museum are fascinating. Like I said before, it would be well worth your time to visit the Bolt's Antique Tool Museum.

   Tracy Wyhlidko, Oroville Training


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Mike Hubbartt 

A look into the History of the Sutter Buttes"

Mike Hubbartt

February 16, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.

Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum

Presents: History of the Sutter Buttes

Presented By Mike Hubbartt

Mike Hubbartt, Author and Historian, and Head Interpreter for the State Parks System at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center, will be talking about the history of the Sutter Buttes Mountain Range and some of the "old" tools that were used in those times.

Come on down & join the group this Saturday at 10 AM at the "Bolt"

This will be another 3rd Saturday presentation that you won’t want to miss!


Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum is located at 1650 Broderick Street in Oroville, California.  Your $3.00 entry fee allows you to enjoy the talk and to spend as much time as you like with the over 13,000 tools displayed!  For questions or directions call Bolt’s at  530-538-2528.



For a schedule of upcoming talks or to learn lots of other neat things about tools remember that Bolt’s has a wonderful website:  www.boltsantiquetools.com.  You can find us on facebook too and become a friend!

Questions:  530-538-2528


2019 Presentation Schedule



January 19th – Cancelled due to a scheduling conflict

February 16th – Mike Hubbartt - History of the Sutter Buttes

March 16th

April 20st – Jana Frazier - Oroville Historical Floods and an Oroville Dam Spillway update- 

May 18th

June 15th

July 20st 

August 17th -

September 21th -

October 19th -

November 16th -

December – No Presentation


We are working on the  2019 presentation schedule

If you would like to be a presenter at one of our 3rd Saturday events,

or know of someone who would like to present,

please contact:

Mike Bolt at mikeb_batm@outlook.com

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Contact the Bolt Museum at (530) 538-2528


Programs start at 10:00am at Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
1650 Broderick Street, Oroville, California --- Cost: $3.00
please call 530-538-2528 or 530-533-3096  or email us at
  boltmuseumstaff@boltsantiquetools.com  or  carlsbolt@sbcglobal.net

The "3RD SATURDAY PRESENTATIONS" program presentations are designed for ten to
fifty participants and are held at the museum. A $3.00 per person fee is charged and the
museum can assist groups with luncheon arrangements. The program is a 'not-to-miss'
interactive experience, as is the large collection of over 12,000 antique tools.

Contact the museum at (530) 538-2528 for additional information and starting times for
the presentations which run about two hours.

The museum which opened in 2006 not only has tools that have been used in the United States, but also has tools from 4000 years ago including tools thought to be made by Egyptians and Romans in 400 B.C. It also includes a barbed-wire collection, old gas pumps, blacksmith tools and 125 tools representing 51 different railroads provides insight into earlier days in the United States. It has a gift shop which has many memorable items including a special $1.00 table for tools to take home and the latest addition is a set f custom greeting cards with a tool flair that are the creation of Mary Gunderson are available for purchase for that special tool enthusiast in your life.

Museum founder, 'Bud' Bolt said, “Mary visited the museum with a car club and was so enthused with the various displays that she came back with a series of very creative greeting cards that depict different items throughout the museum.”

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New “Featured Display”

Our antique baggage cart near the entrance to the museum showcases some of our 3rd Saturday presenters.
We are planning to get more of these posters made up as soon as we can.

We Hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro Display Board
Bolts Display Board
Iron Workers Photo with Stu Shaner & Rick Hook
They Said It Couldn't Be Done - Photo
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     Tool Museum Fascinating:

     Having recently gone on a "date" with my dad to Oroville to check out Bolt's Antique Tool Museum, I wanted to express my thanks to the city of Oroville and Carl and Laila Bolt for their collective vision in providing a home for the immense tool collection.

     My dad grew up on a farm and after returning from World War II, he had his own building construction business for 60-plus years. Thus, he has worked with many tools and farm implements over his 85 years of life. We had no idea that the Bolt collection would be so vast and inclusive of many different vocations. The appreciation for each tool's place in history was not lost on us as we meandered through the displays that represented different changes to tools as our nation moved industrially into the future.

     Carl Bolt is such an asset to the museum, as he seemed to be a walking encyclopedia of tool history. The expertise and enthusiasm shown by Carl of not only the history of the various tools and implements but also their importance at the time is a patriotic nod to our forefathers for their vision of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," the pursuit of which could not have been accomplished without the use of tools.

     A pat on the back for a job well done for recognizing the importance of the Bolt Museum to not only educate future generations but also honor the hard work and dedication of prior generations.

     Daria (Zanetta) Hardison, Modesto

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"Old Time Fiddlers"
have a jam practice and fun filled event at
Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
1st  & 3rd Monday nights each month  --  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
-- Public is invited -- cost $3.00 per person --  pay at the door.

Our museum displays over 12,000 different items consisting of
 Wrenches--Blacksmith Tools--Tune-Up related items
 Antique Jacks--Service Station Items--an assortment of Plumbing Tools
 Soldering Irons--Electric Tools--Hand Grinders and other Misc. items


 We can be reached at  (530)  538 - 2528

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