During our recent short break to Swansea Bay in Wales we visited two FREE museums: The National Waterfront Museum and the Swansea Museum, but if you only have a little time which one is best?
The National Waterfront Museum, has an interactive and high tech approach to Wales’ history. The kids had a great couple of hours in the museum as they had an Easter craft activity on, creating little plant pots with seed bombs in, and then they also went on an Easter Egg hunt around the museum which meant we, as adults, saw some of the museum too. Holiday events are popular at the museum and they hold a lot of them.
The Museum tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years. It puts you in charge of the experience, allowing you to delve as deeply into the exhibitions, displays and information as you want.
The museum clearly welcomes children and seems like the natural choice but
The Swansea Museum (the oldest museum in Wales), is much more of a traditional museum and really quite old fashioned. It has a 17th Century Flemish masterpiece (worth around £3m and recently discovered in the Swansea Museum storeroom). It’s an “important and beautiful” painting by artist Jacob Jordaens – a pupil of Peter Paul Rubens – was previously unknown to art historians and was identified by Bendor Grosvenor, for the new BBC Four series, Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. This painting itself was lost on the kids, but the WW1 room was a surprising hit with my three who have just started to learn about it, and we wished we had left more time to explore this quirky museum.
They spent 20 minutes just examining the trenches!
I found it funny that they loved the ‘old’ museum more than the ‘new’ one but my kids continually surprise me!
I’m not saying this will be the same for all kids but definitely don’t dismiss the older museum in favour of the new!
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