Museums & Galleries

Swansea Museum


To quote Dylan Thomas, this, the oldest museum in Wales (purpose built in 1841), is a ‘museum which belongs in a museum’. Housing displays of local history, art and archaeology, it offers a lively and varied programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Museum website.
The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm and admission is free.

National Waterfront Museum

A £30 million attraction which pushes the boundaries of technology in an interactive interpretation of Wales’ industry and innovation. 15 exciting themed display areas include a showcase for new technologies in science, manufacturing and medicine – including ground breaking Welsh inventions. With high impact graphics and interactive opportunities throughout the displays, this is a must-see attraction! This new landmark building is a fusion of Welsh slate, glass and steel with a canopied street of cafes and shops overlooking the marina waterfront. Museum website.

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery


View the excellent collection of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain on permanent display. Housed in a building that is in itself a piece of art, the Glynn Vivian offers a varied programme of art and design throughout the year. Glyn Vivian Art Gallery website.

Dylan Thomas Centre


Opened in 1995 by former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dylan Thomas Centre is situated in the heart of Swansea’s Maritime Quarter and offers a year round programme of literary events. Its award winning exhibition celebrates the life and works of legendary local Dylan Thomas.

Egypt Centre Swansea University

The Egypt Centre, Museum of Egyptian antiquities, was opened in 1998. The museum has two galleries; the House of Death and the House of Life. The collection consists of some 3,000 Egyptian antiquities covering a time span of c4000 BC- AD 500. Artefacts include; a 21st Dynasty wooden coffin, a reserve head of which only about 30 are known, part of the Book of the Dead and beautiful bead collars dated from the time of Tutankhamen.