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1940s Swansea Bay
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
Elba Crescent,Crymlyn Burrows
Tel. 0 1792 458 864
Shows what life was like for civilians during WWII; sights and sounds of an air raid; plotting room; short films and radio shows of the times; find out what a week’s rations were; displays; clothes and uniforms of the time to try on; street scene; shop, café; special events
Web: 1940s Swansea Bay

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Abergavenny Museum & Castle
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
Castle Street
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Within ruins of Abergavenny Castle
Tel. 01873 854 282
History of the town and its surrounding area from prehistoric and Roman times to the present; displays of Victorian Welsh farmhouse kitchen, saddler’s workshop; special exhibitions; park in the town.

Air World Aviation Museum
Air World Aviation Museum
Off the A499, at Dinas Dinlle
Caernarfon airfield, in the great hangar
Tel. 0 1286 832 154
Museum with real planes, some of which you can sit in; information on RAF Mountain Rescue Service and aviation film
Web: Air World Aviation Museum

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Berriew, Welshpool, Powys, on the B4390
Tel. 01686 640 689. Fax. 01686 640 764
Museum showcasing the sculpture, art and jewellery of Andrew Logan.

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Bangor Museum & Art Gallery
Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor
Tel. 0 1248 353368
Items relating to the history of North Wales; shop has wide variety of pottery, jewellery, paintings and many other local crafts.

Beaumaris Courthouse and Gaol
Castle St, Beaumaris, on the A545
Tel. 01248 811 691
1614 courtroom; judge’s room; gaol with Victorian renovations; gives information about executions, punishments, and notorious crimes and criminals.

Bell Museum
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Montgomery, on the B4386/88
Local memorabilia and information on Montgomery Castle; housed in a small historic building.

Bersham Ironworks and Heritage Centre
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Clywedog Heritage Valley, 2 miles from Wrexham; follow signs for Bersham from the A483
Original 18th century ironworks; buildings, artefacts, trail from medieval to modern times at the Heritage Centre; multi-media presentation, “Industries of the Clywedog”.

Betws-Y-Coed Motor Museum
Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd, on the A470
Tel. 01690 710 760 or 01690 710 632
Exotic cars (Bugatti, Aston Martin, and Bentleys) and more common cars such as Morris, Austin Seven, Ford T and Y, and Morgans; motorcycles; children's racing cars; jet engines.

Big Pit (National Mining Museum of Wales)
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Big Pit, Pwll Mawr, Blaenavon
Tel: 01496 790 311
Oldest surviving coal mine in South Wales with stables, engines, surface workings, blacksmith shop, gallery and exhibitions; underground trip available.

Bodelwyddan Castle Museum
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Bodelwyddan Castle, Bodelwyddan, Rhyl, Denbighshire, on the A55
Tel. 0745 584 060
Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery; sculptures by John Gibson from the Royal Academy; furniture from the Victoria and Albert Museum; special exhibitions; formal gardens; woodland; parking
Web: Bodelwyddan Castle Museum

Brecknock Museum
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Captain's Walk St, in the Old Shire Hall
Brecon, on the A40/470
Objects on all aspects of the area including Roman and Celtic, lovespoons and countryside life; Roman objects from nearby Y Gaer; carved Celtic cross; inside the building is perfectly preserved Assize Court.

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Cardiff Story
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Old library building, The Hayes, Cardiff
Main entrance on Trinity St
Tel. 029 2078 8334
City heritage museum; 8000 artefacts related to Cardiff include fine art, industrial, maritime, social history, photographs, oral histories and archaeology; interpreted using digital stories, interactives and people’s stories.

Cardigan Visitor Centre
Teifi Wharf, Cardigan, on the A487
Tel. 01239 614 404
Tells the story of the town and the wharf.

Carmarthen Heritage Centre
Carmarthen, on the A40
Tel. 01267 223 788
Traces Carmarthen’s history from AD75 to the present using interpretive displays and multi-media.

Carmarthenshire County Museum
Abergwili, two miles east of Carmarthen, on the A40
Tel. 01267 228 696
Large regional museum with collections displaying archaeology, Roman gold, pottery, dairying, prints, Welsh furniture, geology, costumes, and folk life of the local area; picnic area; parking; garden.

Castle and Regimental Museum, The
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
The Castle, Monmouth, Gwent, off the A40
Tel. 01600 772175
History of Monmouth castle and the Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, the Civil War, the Boer War, World Wars I and II, the Falklands, and the Gulf War.

Catherine Lewis Gallery and Print Room
Hugh Owen Library, Penglais Campus, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, on the A487
Tel. 01970 622 399
10,000 prints, photographs, drawings, and watercolours.

Cefn Coed Colliery Museum
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
On the A4109, Neath Road, near Crynant, Glamorgan
Tel. 01639 750 556
Displays of mining tools, a simulated mine gallery, and steam winding engine located in colliery buildings; shop.

Ceramic Gallery
Arts Centre, University of Wales Aberystwyth, on the A487
Tel. 0 1970 622460
1300 ceramic pieces, changing exhibitions.

Ceredigion Museum
Terrace Road, Aberystwyth
On the A487/A44; next to Tourist Info Centre
Tel. 0 1970 633 088
Edwardian music hall with exhibits on the rural folk life of the area; sections on lead mining, sailing and farming and more; parking in the street or from park and ride.

Chepstow Museum
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
Gwy House, Bridge Street, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, on the A48
Tel. 01291 625 981
Housed in a former 1769 apothecary's dwelling; displays trace history of Chepstow; collection of 18th and 19th century prints and drawings.

Conwy Valley Railway Museum
Old Goods Yard, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, on the A5
Model shop and gift shop; train layouts; Jack Nelson LNWR dioramas; steam and diesel train rides on narrow gauge railway; electric tram journey.

Corris Railway Museum
Station Yard, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, on the A487/A489
Tel. 01654 761 303
Museum detailing the history of the Corris railway (a narrow gauge line that took slate to Machynlleth) in photographs and memorabilia; now a tourist rail trip
Web: Corris Railway Museum

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Penarth, South Glamorgan, off B4267
Tel. 029 2070 1678
Medieval village museum built around an authentic 12th century fortified manor; reconstruction of life in the year 1350; actors in period costumes and self-guided audio tours add to the atmosphere.

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Dylan Thomas Centre
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
Somerset Place
Tel. 0 1792 463 980
AV and displays on famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas; shop; cafe; literature program; events; also an entertainment venue.

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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
Alexandra Rd
Tel. 01792 516900
Classic Italian style gallery with works by old masters and international porcelain collect and Swansea china; exhibition program of contemporary artists; free.

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Holyhead Maritime Museum
Newry Beach, Holyhead
Tel. 0 1407769 745
Story of Holyhead’s seafaring history in oldest lifeboat station in Wales; exhibits; models; next door is exibit about Holyhead at War (WWI and WWII); cafe in bldg but not owned by museum; shop; car park nearby
Open: Easter-end Oct, Tue-Sun and BH, 10am-4pm
Web: Holyhead Maritime Museum

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Judge's Lodgings
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Presteigne, Powys, on the B4355
Tel. 0 1544 260 650
Housed in 1870 Shire Hall with original furnishings; audio tour tells the story of the people who lived and worked in the Lodgings; in the courtroom the audio tour presents an actual trial of the past; building also houses history of Radnor Borders region and the Tourist Information Centre
For photos and more details see our article Presteigne and the Judge’s Lodgings
Web: Judge's Lodgings

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Kidwelly Industrial Museum
Kidwelly, on the A484
Tel. 01554 891078
Original tinplate works; other exhibits on Carmarthenshire’s industrial past.

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Lifeboat Museum
Pen-y-Cei, Barmouth, Gwynedd
On the A496
Tel. 01341 280 940
History of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute using models, photographs, and historical memorabilia.

Llanberis Lake Railway Museum
Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis
On the A4086
Tel. 0 1286 870636
Collection of quarry tank engines.

Llancaiach Fawr Living History Museum
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Nelson, Caerphilly
Off the B4254,south of Merthyr Tydfil
Tel. 0 1443 412 248
House built circa 1530 is living history museum; life during the English Civil war in 1645 shared by guides; visitors can dress in period costumes and experience authentic crafts; ongoing program of events; restaurant; shop.

Llandudno Museum and Art Gallery
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
17-19 Gloddaeth Street, Llandudno
On the A456
Tel. 01492 876 517
Local objects and displays depicting the history of the area from prehistoric times; includes a Welsh kitchen and information on the copper mines.

Llangollen Motor Museum
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Pentre Felin, on the A542
One mile from Llangollen, Denbighshire
Tel. 01978 860324
Vintage and antique cars; motorcycles and automotive memorabilia; canal exhibition.

Llangollen Postal Museum
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
41 Castle St, Llangollen, Denbighshire
On the A539
Tel. 0 1978 860 230
This is the post office for the town and is an original from Victorian times.

Llangollen Victorian School and School Museum
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Parade St, Llangollen, Denbighshire
On the A539
Tel. 01978 860 794
Museum and classroom with exhibits that include children’s games and teaching aids, boots, shoes, and medals of the times; please note this business was for sale so may be closed.

Llanidloes Museum
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Town Hall, Great Oak St
Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire
On the A470
Tel. 01686 413 777
Displays on the local history and industry of the town and surrounding area.

Lloyd George Museum
Llanystumdwy, on the A497
On the Lleyn Peninsula
Tel. 01766 522071
Museum about the life and times (1863-1945)of David Lloyd George (Prime Minister during WWI); exhibitions, AV theatre, costumes, Victorian schoolroom.

Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine Museum
Ponterwyd, on the A44
Tel. 1970 890 620
Award-winning Mining Heritage Trail with exhibitions and a collection of silver-lead mining curiosities; working water wheels, mining machinery, tramways, panning shed, underground tour.

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Museum of Childhood Memories
1 Castle Street, Beaumaris
Tel. 01248 712 498
Displays of toys from the past 150 years.

Museum of Mold
Mold, Flintshire
In the library and TIC Centre on the A541
Tel. 01352 754791
Displays on local history, archaeology, objects and photographs; recreated workshop of local tailor and novelist, Daniel Owen; computerized databank of local historical information; gallery with a varied programme of temporary exhibitions.

Museum of Speed
Off the A4066, at Pendine’s Sands in building overlooking the beach
Tel. 01994 453488
Record-breaking vehicles on display.

Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry
Dre-fach Felindre, Llandysul
Off the A484
Tel. 0559 370 929
In historic former Cambrian Mills; restored historic machinery; displays of weaving equipment, hands-on activities; operating woollen mill; shop, coffee shop; parking.

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National Coracle Centre
Cenarth, on the A484
Tel. 0 1239 710 980
Many examples of coracles, old photographs and information, history of coracles; old mill
For photos and more details see our article National Coracle Centre

National Cycle Museum
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
The Automobile Palace, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys
Tel. 0 1597 825 531
Exhibition housed in Automotive Palace, a restored 1930s showroom; 250 vintage and antique cycles
Web: National Cycle Museum

National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, on the A487
Tel. 0 1970 632 800
Welsh library in a neo-gothic building dating from 1911; building open for tours; exhibitions; books, manuscripts, archives, maps, pictures, photographs, films, lectures, music, electronic information; shop; restaurant
Web: National Library of Wales

National Museum of Art
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
National Museum, Cathays Park, Cardiff
Tel. 029 2039 7951
Welsh and Welsh owned art; modern art; six contemporary galleries; European and Old Masters painting from 16-17th centuries; French impressionist and post impressionist paintings; car park behind museum; shop; cafe.

National Museum of Wales
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Cathays Park, Cardiff civic centre
Tel. 029 2057 3321
Galleries of Welsh and European fine and applied art; French Impressionist collection; sculpture and ceramics including Swansea and Nantgarw procelains; "Evolution of Wales" exhibit on the geology of the country; "Natural History of Wales" section includes rock and fossil collections; early Christian monuments; archaeological discoveries; restaurant; shop; parking behind museum or street parking.

National Slate Museum
Llanberis, on shores of Llyn Padarn
In Padarn Country Park
Tel. 0 1286 870 630
In restored Victorian workshops; near Dinorwig quarry; tells the story of the slate industry; slate-splitting demonstrations; multi-media presentations; tours of the workshops and foundries; restored quarrymen’s houses furnished in various periods of use; chief engineer’s house furnished as of 1911; largest working water wheel in Britain; shop; café; parking.

National Waterfront Museum
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
Oystermouth Rd, Maritime Quarter, Swansea
Part of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales
Tel. 0 1792 638 950
Tells the story of the socio-economic change in Wales during and since the industrial revolution; café, shop, educational facilities, details on the industrial and maritime history of the area in former docks on city waterfront; library
Web: Waterfront Museum

National Wool Museum
Dre-fach Felindre
Four miles east of Newcastle Emlyn
Tel. 01559 370929
Once the centre of the woolen industry where shirts, shawls, blankets, bedcovers and stockings were made. Museum in restored historic former Cambrian mills; historic machinery; galleries with displays of textile collection; special family trail with hands-on spinning, carding, and sewing; demonstrations. Free admission, coffee shop, gift shop, parking
Web: National Wool Museum

Neath Museum
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
The Gwyn Hall, Orchard Street
Neath, Glamorgan, on the A474
Tel. 01639 645 726
Two galleries with displays on the natural history and archaeology of the area, local art and changing displays on the surrounding area; exhibits on Roman life at Neath Roman Fort.

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Old Police Station & Museum
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
John Street, Porthcawl
Mid Glamorgan, on the A4229
Tel. 01656 786 639 or 01656 782 211
Victorian police station houses museum detailing history of Porthcawl and area; changing exhibition of local art; Welsh guards memorabilia; archives; parking; shop; TIC in same building.

Oriel Myrddin Gallery
Church Lane, Carmarthen
Tel. 0 1267 222 775
Contemporary craft gallery and shop in listed Victorian building; changing programme of exhibitions
Website: Oriel Myrddin Gallery

Oriel y Parc Landscape Gallery
Caerfai Road, St Davids
Tel. 0 1437 720 392
Art pieces from National Museum Wales collection of art and antiquities; owned by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority; includes National Park Visitor Centre and Tourist Information Centre; parking; café; shop.

Oriel Ynys Mon Museum and Art Gallery
Rhosmeirch, Llangefni, Ynys Mon, LL77 7TQ
Tel. 0 1248 724 444
Culture, history and environment of Anglesey; art gallery with changing exhibitions, crafts, drama, social history.

Owain Glyndwir Centre
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Parliament House, Machynlleth
Powys, on the A489
Tel. 0 1654 702 401
Supposed site of earlier Welsh parliament house; history displays, books and documents depicting Owain Glyndwir’s life and medieval Wales; brass rubbing room; AV presentation; replica costumes; shop
Website: Owain Glyndwir Centre

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Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery
Llanelli on the A484
Tel. 01554 772029
Past history of the area in the former Parc Howard mansion, a historic building in a civic park; displays include collection of Llanelly pottery and local paintings.

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Robert Owen Memorial Museum
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown, Powys
On the A489
Tel/Fax. 0 1686 626 345
Story of the life of Robert Owen, an industrialist and social reformer, who established New Lanark in Scotland; his grave is in St Mary’s church in Newtown; nearby carparks.

Roman Legionary Museum
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
High Street, Caerleon, Monmouthshire
Off the M48
Tel. 01633 423134. Fax. 01633 422869
One of the National Museums of Wales; Roman fortress was founded at Caerleon about 75AD; museum details life of the Romans at the Caerleon fortress; educational centre for children.

Royal Air Force Llanbedr Museum of Memorabilia
Llanbedr, Barmouth, Gwynedd
In Maes Artro Village Reception Building
On the A496
Tel. 0 1341-241467
Collection of planes and memorabilia.

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Segontium Roman Museum
Beddgelert Road, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
On A4087
Tel. 0 1286 675 625
Roman artefacts from the fort of Segontium.

South Wales Borders Museum, The
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
The Barracks, Brecon, Powys
Off B4520, A40, A470
Tel. 01874 613310
Uniforms, weapons, regalia and mementos of the 24th Regiment, Militia and Volunteer Units, dating from 1689 to 1969.

South Wales Miners' Museum
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
South Wales Miners’ Museum
Swansea, Gower and the Vale of Neath
Afan Forest Park, near Cymmer, West Glamorgan, on A4107
Tel. 0 1639 851 833
Museum detailing the former life of a South Wales miner; photos; original mining gear and equipment; re-creations of underground mines; stable; blacksmith shop; lamp room; pithead wheel; haulage engine
Web: South Wales Miners Museum

St Fagan's National History Museum
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
On B4239, near Cardiff
Tel. 029 2057 3500
Open air museum set in 100 acres of parkland; wide variety of authentic folk buildings, including farmhouses, cottages, Celtic village, and a Tudor manor house; displays of traditional crafts and galleries focusing on agriculture and costumes; museum; special seasonal events in May, mid-summer, harvest, and Christmas; cafeteria, bakery; allow at least one full day
For full details and photos see our article:
St Fagan’s National History Museum

Stepaside Victorian School Museum
Kilgetty Lane, Stepaside, Narberth
On the A478
Tel. 01834 811310
Video display, toys, memorabilia, and hands-on educational experience of a Victorian school.

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Talyllyn Railway and Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, on the A493
Tel. 0654 710472
Railway station house with engines and displays on steam rail travel; historic narrow gauge steam railway from the station offers a 7 mile trip; restaurant; special events; shop
Web: Talyllyn Railway and Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Stuart Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
Tel. 029 20 475 475. Fax. 029 20 482 517
Science discovery centre with hands-on exhibits illustrating scientific principles; includes a planetarium, science laboratory and hi-tech theatre; ongoing program of special events and exhibits; Techniquests also located at Wrexham, Llanberis and Oakwood

Tenby Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Hill, Tenby, on the A487
Tel. 01834 842 809
Displays on the archaeology, geology, maritime and natural history of the Tenby area; local art, exhibits relating to the Castlemartin (Pembrokeshire) Yeomanry; shop; cafe
Web: Tenby Museum & Art Gallery

Turner House Gallery
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Five miles south of Cardiff city centre on Plymouth Road, Penarth, A4160
Tel. 029 2070 8870
Changing exhibition of fine art from its own collection and travelling exhibitions from around the world.

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Usk Rural Life Museum
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
The Malt Barn, New Market St, Usk
On the A472
Tel. 0 1291 673777
Life in Monmouthshire between 1850 and end of World War II; agricultural and rural artifacts; vintage machinery; domestic life.

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Valley Inheritance Museum, The
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
Park Buildings, Pontypool, Monmouthshire
On the A4042
Tel. 01495 752036
Museum housed in Georgian stables traces the history of Torfaen with changing exhibits; parking; shop; restaurant.

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Winding House Museum
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Cross St, New Tredegar
Tel. 0 1443 822 666
Cadw property; built around a Grade II listed winding house of Elliot Colliery (1883-1967); explores the history, culture, and heritage of Caerphilly County borough; research room; local artefacts; lectures; courses; education events for children; parking; shop; café; free admission
Web: Winding House Museum

Wrexham County Borough Museum
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Regent St, Wrexham, on the A525
Tel. 01978 317 970
In the Militia Barracks built in 1857
Displays on local social and industrial history; interactive activities for children; shop.

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