Swansea Museum has had over 180 years to collect everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary. The eclectic collection includes objects from Swansea’s rich history as well as works of art from cultures around the world.
Built in 1841, the museum was designed to be a place of exploration, experimentation, and learning. Those same goals continue today with our exhibitions, school programs, and contemporary collecting. From Ice Age bones on display in our Archaeology Gallery to Music exhibitions celebrating the many talents of our city, our displays and exhibitions are guaranteed to fascinate.
Swansea is known for its significant archaeological finds, including the world renowned Red Lady of Paviland. Large Mammoth molars start a journey of discovery that is rounded off with a beautiful, gold, mourning ring and its ominous engraving ‘Prepared be to follow me’.
The museum is home to Swansea’s mummy, Tem Hor a clothier priest of Atum. Brought to Swansea in 1888 by Sir Francis Grenfell, Hor helped bring ancient Egyptian culture to this industrial Welsh town. Now in settled in his own room, the museum welcomes you to come visit and learn about his compelling life and death.
From school life to ships and industry, this gallery has a little bit of everything that makes up the story of Swansea. Come see the previously undiscovered painting by Dutch master Jacob Jordaens or peer into a recreation of a traditional Welsh kitchen.
The museum’s ceramics gallery has such a variety of Swansea pottery that it is used as a reference collection. It is not just pottery enthusiasts, see if you can find the mug used as a practical joke or simply admire the beautifully hand painted botanical plates.
The museum also has two additional galleries that house temporary exhibitions. Please check our website to find out what is on now.
Parking available at St David’s Carpark
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Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 till 16:30 (last admission 16:00)