Housed in a converted chapel built in 1861, Pontypridd Museum tells the history of Pontypridd and its people through a variety of exhibitions.
The converted Welsh Baptist Chapel situated next to Pontypridd’s iconic Edward’s Bridge (known locally as the Old Bridge) houses working models of nearby canals, mines and railways, archived film and voice records of the history of the area, historical objects and a magnificent pipe organ which is still used for recitals.
Among the exhibitions is an audio visual programme which explains the origins of the chapels and traces the influence of Welsh Dissent at home and overseas. There is a large panoramic painting showing the town and the surrounding area as it would have appeared 150 years ago and a section on the musical history of the town, in which a life size figure of famous entertainer Sir Geraint Evans stands dressed to sing 'Falstaff.'
Use of audio-visual programmes and ‘hands on’ exhibits illustrate elements of social, military, sporting and cultural history, as well as industry and transport.
The centre also has a craft and book shop and a section dedicated to tourist information. There is also a room to seat 75 people which is available for meetings and functions