Since the maritime museum opened just next door to Swansea museum it has been given a new lease of life. With a full program of events it certainly never fails to be inspiring if you are a history lover. If you can get on the Museums mailing list they will directly send you all the up and coming events via the post which is brilliant, you'll never not know what is going on. The staff are very friendly and are always ready to share their boundless knowledge. If you have a spare hour or two after you have been to the maritime its well worth the visit. Limited Car parking is available but only for patrons of the museum.
I was quite disappointed at the Swansea Museum. I remember how much I enjoyed visiting the Maritime Museum when I was a child, but I definitely didn't see the same excitment in my children when we visited.
The museum is a somewhat disjointed affair, taking in all kinds of themes, transport, industry, technology, culture and history. When we visited, a lot of the 'hands-on' exhibits for kids were out of order or simply not working. The building itself is fabulous, obviously a lot of money has been spent, but it just didn't do it for us. Maybe we're just spoiled or something.
Swansea Museum is a fascinating treasure house of Swansea's past history, and it is something that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. The shop sells some nice items, like Christmas Cards. Add to the fact admission is a free, and hey presto, the perfect day out in these times of economic uncertainty.
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