Swansea Museum

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Swansea Museum is the oldest museum in Wales.

The collections contain all kinds of objects from the past of Swansea, Wales and the rest of the world. We have everything from an Egyptian mummy to a Welsh Kitchen, displayed in six galleries. There are also many changing temporary exhibitions each year. It is a fascinating treasure house of Swansea's past history.

The Museum building was completed in 1841 in the grand style of Neo-Classical architecture. The museum is architecturally significant, and it has been listed as a Grade Two * Building.

The Museum has an extensive local history library that is open to the public by appointment. Please contact the Museum in advance of your visit to ensure that you can use the research facilities.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Library

Opening hours

Tues-Sun 10.00-17.00
Last entry 16.40
Open Bank Holidays

Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime

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.

Museums at Night - The WW1 trench at night

  • 13 May 2016 5-9pm

Don't miss this year's Museums at Night
13 May also we have another on 28–29 Oct 2016.
Swansea Museum will be extending its opening hours for those who want to make the most of their Local Museum and savour its contents.

Featuring World War I trench experience in our 'Swansea and the Great War' Exhibition

Join us for our annual Museums at Night at Swansea Museum when we'll be opening our doors after hours.
Come and see Swansea and the Great War exhibition and the trench at night.
Meet a real soldier who can tell you what life in the trench was like!
Soldiers worked during the night and used the cover of darkness to observe enemy trenches; the only time they were able to sleep was in the daytime, but only after their morning duties.
Men would be assigned sentry duty and be expected to provide it for up to two hours. Any longer and there was a real risk of men falling asleep on duty, for which the penalty was death by firing squad.

We will also be screening Steven Spielberg’s War Horse.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Swansea Museum
Museum Square
Victoria Road
Maritime Quarter
Vale of Glamorgan


Swansea Museum webpages


Swansea Museum Website





01792 653763


01792 652585

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