National Waterfront Museum

Steam Locomotive at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea The National Waterfront Museumin Swansea is part of the National Museum Wales. The Building consist of a major new slate and glass building integrated with an existing Grade II listed warehouse, which used to be the Swansea Industrial and Maritime Museum. The new museum deals with Wales’ history of industrial revolution and innovation by combining significant historical artifacts with modern technologies, such as interactive touchscreens and multimedia presentation systems. The collections on display include maritime, transport, technology and retail artefacts.


The National Waterfront Museum is full of interesting information about the maritime heritage of Swansea and the surrounding area. It shows the history of the coal age in the area and how industry affected the whole of Wales with the waterfronts involvement in the export import industry. A interesting place to go and learn about your own history and how your forfathers lived

Building and exhibition design was carried out by Wilkinson Eyre and Land Design Studio respectively, and Davis Langdon was project manager for the construction.

Much effort has been put into accessibility for the new museum, and is one of the first museums in the United Kingdom to feature multilingual voiceovers, as well as British Sign Language captioning on all interactive content. The museum, which secured funding from the Welsh Development Agency and the Heritage Lottery Fund (among others) was opened in October 2005.

Useful Information:

  • Wheelchair access
  • Baby buggy parking
  • Lockers / storage
  • Stairs / lift
  • Activities for older children
  • Activities for young children
  • cafe