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Highlights The National Waterfront Museum

Main hall

The National Waterfront Museum tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

Our vast industrial and maritime heritage is ready to explore via cutting-edge, interactive technology married with traditional displays. It means a unique, captivating and involved visitor experience lies in wait at Wales's newest national museum.

The Industrial Revolution in Wales had a tremendous effect on People, Communities and Lives as well as that of the rest of the World. Visitors can soak up the history with a breathtaking mix of old and new in the city's rapidly developing maritime quarter.

The National Waterfront Museum is housed in spectacular fashion, in an original and listed waterfront warehouse linked to a new, ultra-modern slate and glass building. Here you can discover the Transport, Materials and Networks that were so important and the 'big things' that contributed so much to the industrial history of our nation.

The National Waterfront Museum puts you in charge of the experience, allowing you to delve as deeply into the exhibitions, displays and information as you want. Visit us and lose yourself in the rich and enthralling history of Welsh industry and innovation, where the technology of today puts the past at your fingertips.

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The Building

National Waterfront Museum

The National Waterfront Museum is housed in a magnificent building that elegantly combines old and new architecture. A Grade II listed former dockside warehouse (formerly the Swansea Industrial & Maritime Museum) built in 1902, contrasts with a spectacular new glass and slate structure designed exactly a century later, by Stirling Prize-winning architects Wilkinson Eyre.

Opened in 2005, it represents one of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales's biggest, most ambitious projects, costing over £35m. It was developed in partnership with the City & County of Swansea, and made possible by an £11 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Recognised by the UK Regeneration Awards as the best design-led regeneration project, the National Waterfront Museum has also received awards from the Royal Institute for British Architects and the Civic Trust.