The Swansea Museum in Swansea is the oldest museum in Wales. The collections contain all kinds of objects from the past of Swansea, Wales and the rest of the world. Contents in the six galleries range from: an Egyptian mummy to a traditional Welsh kitchen. The museum has a warehouse containing property not currently on display in Landore.
The museum was set up by the Royal Institution of South Wales, a group of local people who wanted to investigate and discuss all aspects of history, arts and science at the beginning of the 19th century.
Under their auspices the museum flourished throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, and it continued to be a centre of culture and learning.
Eventually the RISW were unable to support the upkeep of the museum alone. They formed a successful 10 year partnership with University College Swansea but this also fell pray to economic cuts in the late 1980s. The building was under threat of closure. However, a campaign to save the museum drew support both locally and nationally. In 1991 Swansea City Council took over the running of the Museum, and began renovation of the building. Since that time extensive work has been carried out on the Grade II* listed building & Museum collection, ensuring they survive for future generations to enjoy. More work is needed and the task is ongoing.