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Swansea: National Waterfront Museum

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Rolling mill stand by Richard Thomas and Co of Llanelli
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Iron puddler's truck, with iron pig from Beaufort Ironworks behind
Display of products from South Wales steelworks. Note the unusual steel pipe! See detail below
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Benz 'Duc' car, first registered 1904
Model of hydraulic coaling crane
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Canal barge weighing machine, constructed in the 1830s by Brown, Lenox and Co in Pontypridd, and used at three locations on the Glamorganshire Canal. It was latterly installed at Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, before being moved to Swansea in 2013
Knife edge pivots on barge weighing machine

Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD


An impressive and welcoming museum, with free admission. Set in an interesting location next to a marina (former dock), where four of the museum's historic vessels are moored.

Fans of the former Swansea Industrial & Maritime Museum will regret the loss of its fascinating working machinery, but overall the new museum has much to offer, and is well worth a visit, with something for everyone. The industrial area in the new hall provides an excellent mix of historic artefacts, large and small, together with informative and interesting factual information and films of local industries in action. Far less satisfactory are the displays in the old wing of the building.

Note: More large items may be seen in the Swansea Museum Collection Centre (currently open only on Wednesdays). Swansea Museum Collection Centre website

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Swansea Museum

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