Opened in 2005, the National Waterfront Museum welcomes more than 250,000 visitors every year from across Swansea, Wales, Great Britain and beyond and represents one of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s biggest, most ambitious projects, costing over £35m. It was developed in partnership with the City & County of Swansea and made possible by an £11 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Since its inception, it has positioned itself as a catalyst for a new-era of museums with its interactive, hands-on technology and has become renowned for its imaginative events and exhibitions, innovative collections as well as award-winning education programmes.
It offers visitors the opportunity to explore the exciting human stories about innovation and industry in Wales, now and over the past 300 years. There are 100 audio visual exhibits including 36 state of the art interactive displays and some very large and now technologically obsolete objects from across Wales including the world’s first steam locomotive, a brick press and one of the very few surviving coal wagons.
Housed in an iconic building that combines old and new architecture, the former Grade II listed former dockside warehouse (formerly the Swansea Industrial & Maritime Museum) built in 1902, contrasts with a spectacular new glass and slate structure designed exactly a century later by Stirling Prize-winning architects Wilkinson Eyre.
With its award-winning architecture and unrivalled waterfront location, the Museum also offers a superb venue for corporate and private events from drinks receptions, gala dinners, seminars and training days, to weddings and award ceremonies