Newport Museum (known locally as the City Museum) is a museum and art gallery in the city of Newport, South Wales. It is located in the city centre on John Frost Square and is part of the Kingsway Shopping Centre complex.
The museum collection
The museum is primarily concerned with history in South Wales (focusing on the ancient county of Monmouthshire). The museum itself is set on two levels and takes visitors from the pre-historic age to the late Victorian era. There is great emphasis on the city's Roman settlement at Caerleon. Other exhibitions of interest include artifacts from the Newport Rising of 1839.
As well as a museum, the building is home to Newport's principal art gallery. The gallery hosts a wide variety of British paintings, watercolours and contemporary works. The largest collection is known as the John & Elizabeth Wait Collection.
The museum building is also home to the city's central library. The headquarters of Newport's library network, it has a large collection of books and articles.
There are special events for children held regularly in the museum. The museum is not on ground level and so there is a lift for disabled people and pushchairs. There is the standard array of toilets and baby changing facilities. There is also a gift shop and a small café.
Links with other museums
Newport Museum works together with other museums in and around the city. Close ties are kept with the Roman Baths Museum at Caerleon, the Riverfront Arts Centre, Tredegar House, Newport Castle and many others. The museum's collection is often swapped and exchanged with many of the other attractions' collections.