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Come and take a closer look at the National Collections

For a very different kind of visit, the National Collections Centre in Nantgarw stores thousands of fascinating objects that are not on display.

The Collections Centre is not open to the general public, but we offer exclusive access to groups.

Choose from a variety of free tours:

Gilbern car
Gilbern car


Our small team of conservators and engineers preserve the Welsh national industry collections, ranging from delicate old photographs to 22-tonne machines.

A talk with one of the experts brings unique insight into this specialist work.

Collections Storage and Management

This talk is held in the large industrial objects store, alongside objects ranging in size from bricks to engines, and explains how we store, record and manage the national industry collections.

The Transport Collection

This is your chance to see the collection of bicycles, motorbikes, cars, buses and even an air sea rescue helicopter, with a talk by one of the collections management team.

The National Collections Centre, Nantgarw
National Collections Centre, Nantgarw

Gas Engines and Large Stationary Engines

A talk on the larger engines and the challenges of cleaning, conserving and eventually rebuilding the parts into a restored engine.

Visitor Information:

For further details and to book your visit telephone (029) 2057 3560 or email us.

Booked tours are available for a maximum of twenty people:

11am-12.30pm and 2-3pm, Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays).


Disabled toilet
Level access
Free parking

How to find us

We are in Nantgarw, just off the M4 from J32. Head north on the A470, after 4 miles follow signs for the A468.

Online Resources:

Images of Industry - explore our paintings, drawings, watercolours, prints, sculptures and applied art depicting industry, maritime trade and transport in Wales.

Rhagor - our virtual museum, which tells the stories behind the collections with a rich selection of articles, images, videos, interactives and more.