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“Interesting hour or two”

National Waterfront Museum
Ranked #14 of 122 things to do in Swansea
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
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Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We enjoyed a couple of hours here on a Sunday on the first bank holiday weekend of May.

Lots of interesting and hands on exhibits, good views of the marina. Light, airy and well thought out.

Brilliant little vintage fair on while we were there, and it seems there are often similar events on.

Will definitely visit again.

Thank happyfamilytravelz
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

visited on Easter Sunday. Enjoyed the museum,found it extremely interesting.Staff were helpful & friendly.It is well worth an hour of your time and it is free to get in. Do not leave without trying the cafe, food is fab!!!!

Thank sue b
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

The Name of the Museum implies it's about water or something like that. It's more about things that were made or invented in Wales, which we found very interesting. We really enjoyed the interactive areas of the Museum, which my 9 year old really enjoyed so did the Hubby! As it's Easter they had a little Easter egg hunt for the little ones which we really enjoyed as well. The staff were really pleasant and friendly. We also got £2.00 off our parking! On the negative side of things it's not set out in a manner which flows, so sometimes your not sure which bits you have seen.

Thank aliwongo79
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Found refuge in this museum on a very wet day in Swansea. An interesting concept but ultimately it fails to delivers, as it attempts to tackle too many topics and I found that in many cases it was more style than substance. Although that is not to say there weren’t aspects that I really liked. Where it worked, it worked well. One highlight for me was the interactive displays which brought Swansea, as described by the 1851 Census, to life with the rich and poor living in adjoining streets. More of that please. Another highlight was the Sinclair C5, and it is not until you get into one do you realise how impractical and dangerous this thing was, and it was nice to have a Victorian “equivalent” positioned only a few feet away. I know which one I would take out on the road.

1  Thank 2Boxes
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

The name of this museum implies this is a maritime museum - but it most definitely isn't. It is a museum that tries to cover too many topics but in a very shallow way. We drove from Cardiff especially to visit this place and wished we hadn't.

It seems that the creator of the museum went mad with the display budget with little regard to the actual exhibits. Lots of fancy ways to show very few items. The children that were going round the museum when we were there were totally disinterested. They only became animated when they saw the table football. The section about Cardiff Docks just about took the biscuit. The large map of the docks used as a background to this section was a modern map. What a mistake! When the docks were in use, Bute East Dock was connected to the sea!!!!

We may be out of date with what a modern museum should be but I should think the academic side of museums has now gone. I suspect that the staff that we saw at this museum could not go into any depth for any particular discipline.

1  Thank calkeo
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