National Waterfront Museum

National Waterfront Museum
Oystermouth Road
Maritime Quarter
Swansea
SA1 3RD
Wales

Website

www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/swansea

E-mail

waterfront@museumwales.ac.uk

Telephone

Information and Enquiries

02920 573600

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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Throughout the Industrial Revolution Wales and her people influenced the rest of the world. How we live today is a result of the choices we made then. At the National Waterfront Museum you can be plunged into poverty, wallow in wealth, dabble with danger or even risk your health! Experience noise, grime, high finance, upheaval, consumerism and opportunity. Be exploited! Watch as families cope under pressure. It's no ‘soap’. It's what really happened. Wales was one of the earliest and most heavily industrialised nations on earth. We reaped the benefits, but we suffered the consequences. A visit to the National Waterfront Museum will be unlike any visit you've ever made to any museum. Ever.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10:00 - 17:00 daily

Admission charges

Free entry for all

Getting there

By bus
For the latest information and nearest stops visit http://www.traveline-cymru.info/

By road
From outside Swansea, exit the M4 at junction 42 and follow the brown signs. From inside Swansea, the Museum is located on Oystermouth Road next to the LC. For satellite navigation, use SA1 3ST.

By rail
Swansea is served by mainline services to London Paddington. There are also links with Carmarthen and west Wales and stations in mid Wales via the Heart of Wales line.

Wales' industrial collections

Collection details

Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Inland Waterways, Industry, Land Transport, Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Adriano Candelori

  • 21 March — 12 July 2015 *on now

Candelori is an Italian who moved to Llanelli in the 1950s to find work in the tinplate industry. He later took up sculpture as a hobby and became an accomplished creator of beautiful works.

This exhibition will focus on the two series of ‘Craftsman at work’ which he produced mainly in terracotta.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7908

World of Work: Rugby

  • 28 March — 31 May 2015 *on now

Meeting and interviewing players, coaches, ground staff and fans, the pupils of Ysgol Pen y Bryn have curated this display - kicking off a build up to the Rugby World Cup later in the year.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7907

‘50cm Rule’ A limitation or a possibility?

  • 6 — 28 June 2015

Explore the work of those teaching on the Foundation Art & Design course at the University of Wales, Trinity St David as they exhibit their skills as practitioners in areas including 3D design, animation, fashion and fine art. Curated by the Mission Gallery.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7917

From Pithead to Sick Bed and Beyond

  • 20 June — 4 October 2015

Based on a major new study carried out by Swansea University, this exhibition will explore how disabled people were treated and viewed in the mining industry and the south Wales communities that relied on it. Find out about the dangers of a miner’s life before the NHS and ‘health and safety’.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7909

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Magna Carta and the Crises of 1214-17

  • 18 April 2015 11am-12pm *on now

This talk is an examination of King John’s concession of Magna Carta in June 1215 in its broader political context starting with a brief overview of the crises that punctuated English politics between 1214 and 1217.

It will then examine the three main groups of participants in these crises: the rebel factions who forced the king to the negotiating table in 1215 and opposed him in the ensuing civil war
their allies from France, Scotland and Wales
and the king’s supporters.

The talk will then use this discussion of the actors in these momentous events to assess the significance of the Great Charter for the people who created and opposed it.

By Prof Daniel Power, Head of History and Classics, Swansea University. Organised by the Historical Association.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7898

Claymation at Work

  • 18 — 19 April 2015 *on now
  • 6 — 7 June 2015

Inspired by the striking Adriano Canelori exhibition.

Create a figure at work then bring it to life through simple digital stop motion animation.

Suitable for age seven and over. Sessions run at 11:30 and 14:30 on the 18 and 19 April, and at 11:00 and 14:00 on the 6 and 7 June.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7899

Bank Holiday Windsocks

  • 2 — 3 May 2015 12:30-3:30pm
  • 4 May 2015

Drop in to make a creative fluttering wind sock to whizz around in the wind.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7904

David Price, Science Busker

Museums at Night Science Special

  • 15 May 2015 6:30-7:30pm

A chance for the whole family to engage with demonstrations and practical experiments in this fun interactive Lucky Dip show.
How do Polar bears keep warm?
How do you launch a tennis ball into space?
Answer these questions and many more with a tour of our scientific world (where you get to pick what we look at)!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.50 per person, please phone (029) 2057 3600 to book your place.

Wales on Wheels

  • 16 May 2015 11am-4pm

Vehicles of all kinds gather around the Museum for a celebration of rolling Wales.

From motorcycles, buses and trucks, to the Museum’s Sinclair C5 along with a special visit from Wallace & Gromit’s motorbike and sidecar.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7921

For empire, glory and religion: the Great Siege of Malta 1565

  • 16 May 2015 11am-12pm

A talk by Cardiff University’s Professor Helen J Nicholson.

In May 1565 Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent attacked the island of Malta with 200 ships and 40,000 men. Ruled by the Knights of St John, Malta was the key to the control of the Mediterranean, the stepping stone to Sicily and southern Europe and only a few hundred religious warriors stood between Suleiman and the heart of Christendom.

How could the Knights of St John - long ago driven from their original home in Jerusalem - stand against the massed troops of the greatest general of the age? This lecture will follow the Knights of St John as they stood alone against the invader.

Organised by the Historical Association.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7919

Penydarren Steam Loco

  • 16 May 2015 12-3:30pm
  • 21 June 2015 12-3:30pm

See our working replica of the world’s first steam locomotive as we fire her up and drive her down the track.

On 21 February 1804, the original of this locomotive ran on the nine-mile tram road from Penydarren to Abercynon, hauling a load of ten tons of iron and about seventy people who hitched an unofficial ride!

This was the first recorded journey made by a steam locomotive on rails and would initiate a world-wide revolution in transport in the nineteenth century.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7922

Book & Plant Swap

  • 23 — 24 May 2015 11am-4pm

Having a clear out? Offload your unwanted books and find a different collection in exchange. You can also swap your surplus plants and seedlings just in time for summer.

All books should be in good, readable condition and a book for a book token system will be in place.

With Oxfam Cymru

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7923

Heavy Metal Mayhem! Science Show

  • 30 May 2015 1-2pm, 3-4pm

Meet CBBC’s The Blowfish, the world’s only heavy metal marine biologist as he takes you through the most brutal, epic, amazing and unexplained parts of the oceans greatest creatures.

In this show, The Blowfish will explain why it isn’t always the big toothy things that you should be scared of and will demonstrate how physics and chemistry interact with biology to create the most spectacular and seemingly-alien creatures on the planet.

With the benefit of some real, live undersea friends, and a good dose of heavy metal, you will walk out of the show with a whole new respect for the sea’s lesser known critters.

The Blowfish is a favourite on CBBC shows like Blue Peter, How to be Epic @ Everything and Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom. He is also a regular guest on This Morning (ITV1) and is resident wildlife expert on Sunday Brunch (Channel 4).

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7927

Wartime Horrible History Stories

  • 6 — 7 June 2015

Meet our time travelling soldier to hear tales from the terrible trenches. Then get hands on with some wartime artefacts.  

Sessions run at 11:30, 13:00 and 14:30.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7933

Lazy Crafternoons: Beautiful Letters

  • 13 June 2015 1:30-3pm

Delve into our selection of recycled materials including vintage buttons and fabric, old maps and junk jewellery then upcycle them into a beautiful word for your wall. Then showcase them in a lovely selection of found frames.

Suitable for

Admission

£5 per person

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7936

Walking Tour: Around the Marina

  • 13 June 2015 11am-12:30pm

A walk and talk taking in the fascinating history of Swansea Marina. Led by John Ashley, local historian and author of Ashley’s Walks Around Swansea and Gower.

Please come properly prepared for the outdoors. Wear sturdy footwear and remember that conditions could be wet and slippery and the ground uneven. Taking part in the tour is at your own risk. We will aim to run this tour in most weather conditions but if unsure please contact (029) 2057 3600.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7934

Thrifty Kids: Beautiful Letters

  • 13 June 2015 11am-12:30pm

Create an innovative embellished letter to spell a simple word using a selection of recycled items such as buttons, stencils, wallpaper and junk jewellery.

We then have a cool selection of old frames for you to add the finishing touch and make a statement for your bedroom wall.

Suitable for ages 7 and above.

Suitable for

Admission

£2.50 per child

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7935

Welsh Coach Rally

  • 21 June 2015 11am-4pm

Surrounding the Museum, view this superb Welsh Coach Rally, displaying the latest types of touring coaches along with classics from days gone by.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7942

Walking Tour: Lovely Ugly Town

  • 27 June 2015 11am-12:30pm

A fascinating and unexpected insight into the history of Swansea city centre. Led by John Ashley, local historian and author of Ashley’s Walks Around Swansea and Gower.

Walking Rating: easy

Meeting point: Museum reception desk

Please come properly prepared for the outdoors. Wear sturdy footwear and remember that conditions could be wet and slippery and the ground uneven. Taking part in the tour is at your own risk. We will aim to run this tour in most weather conditions but if unsure please contact (029) 2057 3600.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea/whatson/?id=7945

Getting there

By bus
For the latest information and nearest stops visit http://www.traveline-cymru.info/

By road
From outside Swansea, exit the M4 at junction 42 and follow the brown signs. From inside Swansea, the Museum is located on Oystermouth Road next to the LC. For satellite navigation, use SA1 3ST.

By rail
Swansea is served by mainline services to London Paddington. There are also links with Carmarthen and west Wales and stations in mid Wales via the Heart of Wales line.

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