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The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea or NWMS (Welsh:Amgueddfa genedlaethol y glannau) is a museum situated in Swansea, Wales, forming part of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales (NMGW). It is an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Consisting of a major new slate and glass building integrated with an existing Grade II listed warehouse (formerly 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. Building and exhibition design was carried out by Wilkinson Eyre and Landesign 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 initially went to public consultation in April 1998, and secured funding from the Welsh Development Agency and the Heritage Lottery Fund (among others) was opened in October 2005 at a ceremony attended by Welsh celebrities such as Gareth Edwards and First Minister Rhodri Morgan. However, there has been some concern that the massive Waterfront regeneration that has driven the development of the museum is taking much-needed attention away from Swansea's city centre, which has suffered significant economical decline since the 1980s.

Address Address:

National Waterfront Museum
Oystermouth Road
Maritime Quarter,
SA1 1SN,

Telephone Telephone:

01792 638 950

Wensite Website:

Admission Charges Admission Charge:-


Opening Hours Hours:

Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm with late night opening to 8 pm on the first Wednesday in every month.

Facilities for the Disabled Facilities for the Disabled:

Physical Mobility

  • Dedicated parking spaces for disabled visitors are provided in our large pay and display car park in Oystermouth Road. Limited spaces are also available in Burrows Road. Refer to our map for directions.
  • Wheelchairs are available on request, free of charge, in the main entrance. Please note that these chairs cannot be pre-booked and are provided on a first come first served basis.
  • Wheelchair access is possible to all parts of the site. Lifts are located in the main foyer and large object gallery.
  • Shop mobility scooters are welcome. However only a limited number are allowed in the buildings at any one time. Please contact the museum prior to the visit to avoid any disappointment.

Visually Impaired

  • The museum buildings and exhibitions are designed to be accessible to all. Braille information and exhibition interpretation is provided.
  • The museum galleries are supervised by staff trained in interpreting the collections and displays.

Hearing Impaired

  • All exhibits in the galleries are clearly labelled and the audio visual nature of the exhibits does allow for signed interpretation.


  • Assistance dogs for both visually and hearing impaired visitors are welcome and are allowed in the buildings. No other animals are allowed.
  • Drinking water for dogs is available on request in the museum restaurant.
  • All dog owners are offered pooper-scoopers when entering the museum and we appreciate your co-operation in keeping the museum clean and safe.


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