Swansea’s largest and most modern museum is a delight of video, audio and hands-on features that tell the story of industry and innovation in Wales. Also on display are stunning life-size replicas of early planes and cars.
Find out what it was really like to be a miner during the 19th-century and see photos of the gruelling pits and quarries that have since been shut down. Immerse yourself in South Wales during wartime and see the hard work that was going on back home to support the campaign on the frontline.
Continue through the museum and you won’t miss the exquisite replica of the world’s first steam locomotive, followed closely by one of the last remaining coal wagons in Britain. A selection of some of the earliest cars will transport you to a bygone era, as will the small and extremely basic plane that hangs from the ceiling.
The museum’s main collection is supported by an ever-changing program of excellent displays. As well as exhibitions that document the local area, events such as stargazing, film nights and talks by authors and scientists regularly take place. Visit the museum website to find out what is going to be going on during your trip.
The Waterfront Museum is located in a modern glass fronted building in the maritime quarter of Swansea. It is open every day between 10am and 5pm and entry is free. There is an excellent café just inside where you can enjoy coffee and cake with a view over the harbour.