Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
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The 'Ironmaster' William Crawshay commissioned Cyfarthfa Castle in 1824. This grand castellated mansion overlooked his immensely successful ironworks and has been called, "the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales".

At the Museum, you can admire the extensive fine and decorative art collections, including Swansea, Nantgarw and Wedgwood porcelain. Stroll through the atmospheric social and industrial history galleries, which chart the rise of this once great ironmaking town; learn about Richard Trevithick's Penydarren Locomotive of 1804, the first locomotive to pull a load along rails; discover the roots of the Labour movement, from the Merthyr Rising of 1831, and the martyrdom of Dic Penderyn, to the first Labour MP - Keir Hardie; see our 'museum of a museum' including curiosities from around the world - ancient Egyptian grave goods, Greek and Roman artefacts, and Far Eastern decorative arts.

Enjoy the elegant surroundings of this interesting museum and once family home, set in beautiful parkland, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Historic house or home, Industrial heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

April-September, Mon - Fri 1000-1730, Sat-Sun 12.00-17.30
October-March, Tues-Fri 1000-1600, Sat-Sun 1200-1600

Admission charges

Adults - £2.20
Over 60s and Students - £1.10
Children (under 16) - Free

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association
Getting there

Use Postcode CF47 8PA for satnavs.

Just off the A470

Collection details

Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Music, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

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.
William Crawshay II (1788–1867) by an unknown artist

Costumed Guided Tours: A special guided tour with Mr Crawshay

  • 23 August 2020 2-3pm

Guided tour with William Crawshay - Special Costumed tour

On August 9 & 23 take part in a unique guided tour of the museum & art gallery with William Crawshay.

Admission

The tour is free but standard museum entrance fees apply.

Arthur Giardelli: Pembrokeshire Panel

Assemblage Art: An introduction to creating unique artwork

  • 22 August 2020 10:30am-3:30pm

The renowned artist Arthur Giardelli came to Merthyr Tydfil 80 years ago this year. His technique of searching outdoors, finding and reusing natural objects for artwork is the inspiration for this workshop. Find out all about his history and about assemblage art, while creating your own unique artwork. Booking essential. Workshop costs £15.00 per person (non-refundable). All materials provided. Starts at 10:30am/finishes 3:30pm. (Adult Event – over 16’s)

For information on entrance fees and opening times or to book, contact us or visit our Facebook: @cyfarthfa website: www.Cyfarthfa.com Phone: 01685 727371 E-mail: museum@merthyrleisuretrust.co.uk

(Image: Arthur Giardelli "Pembrokeshire Panel" detail)

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking essential.
Workshop costs £15.00 per person (non-refundable).
All materials provided.

Flip book

Create a fabulous flip book!

  • 26 August 2020 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • 27 August 2020 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Toys were hard to come by during WWII so children made their own.
Come and create your own flip book inspired by the 1940s. Drop-in workshop, details below.

*Drop-in workshops run from 11:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-4:00pm.
There is no need to book, waiting times can vary. Suitable for children of all ages.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Standard entrance fees apply

Inside the Drill Hall art exhibition

The Great 1880 Exhibition at Merthyr Tydfil

  • 5 September 2020 2-3pm

In 1880, the largest exhibition of art and historical objects was opened at the Drill Hall in Merthyr Tydfil. This seated talk will tell the story of the exhibition and how it led to the founding of Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and original objects from the exhibition will be brought out of storage and shown.
Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Standard museum entry fees apply.

Cyfarthfa Castle at night

Ghost Tours of Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery

  • 22 October 2020 7-8:30pm, 9-10:30pm
  • 23 October 2020 7-8:30pm, 9-10:30pm

This is a guided tour around Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery by torchlight. Ghost stories will be told about all the mysterious things to happen at the Castle over the decades and you will have a chance to do your own paranormal investigations.

PLEASE NOTE: The tours will only take place within the Museum section of the building.

Tour starts at 7:00pm – 8:30pm & 9:00pm – 10:30pm on both dates.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10.00 per person (non-refundable).

Children's Halloween picture

Halloween Hunt

  • 27 — 31 October 2020

Take part in our Halloween hunt through the museum and earn a prize!
For a hunt answer sheet please go to reception on arrival.
Runs when building is open; please check opening times.

Standard entrance fees apply for over 16s for all workshops.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Standard entry fees only (under 16s: free)

Children's Halloween picture

Halloween Pop-up Scene

  • 30 — 31 October 2020

Come along and create a glow in the dark, pop-up Halloween scene.

Drop-in workshop so no need to book, waiting times can vary.

Runs from 11:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-3:30pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Standard museum entry fees apply.

Felt bird

Festive Bears, Hares & More

  • 14 November 2020 1-4pm

To help get you into the festive mood early come along to this felt craft workshop and created your own festive animal.

Starts at 1:00pm. (Adult Event – over 16s)

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£15.00 per person (non-refundable).
Booking essential.
All materials provided.

Victorian wreath making workshop at Cyfarthfa Castle

Victorian Christmas Wreath Making

  • 5 — 6 December 2020

Make a classic Victorian Christmas Wreath with fresh evergreens.

Starts at 1:30pm

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£15.00 per person (non-refundable).
All materials provided.

Getting there

Use Postcode CF47 8PA for satnavs.

Just off the A470

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Cyfarthfa Park
Brecon Road
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8RE
Wales

Website

http://www.cyfarthfa.com

E-mail

museum@merthyrleisuretrust.co.uk

www.museum@merthyrleisuretrust.co.uk

Telephone

01685 727371

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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