It's always good to be prepared with some rainy day activities when traveling through Wales. Luckily, there are several fine museums to divert your rainy day blues (although, there's no reason not to visit them even if it is sunny outside) while in Swansea.

  • National Waterfront Museum -- located on Oystermouth Road in the maritime quarter, exhibits at this museum focus on how the Industrial Revolution changed Swansea and Wales in general. Admission is free at this museum, which is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Swansea Museum -- also located in the maritime quarter on Victoria Road, this museum's collections feature items from Swansea's past including photographs, artefacts, and other objects. Admission is free at the Swansea Museum, which is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dylan Thomas Centre -- located at Somerset Place, collections at the Dylan Thomas Centre are focused on, well, the life of Dylan Thomas. The centre is open Tuesday through Sunday during the summertime from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Glynn Vivian Art Gallery -- located on Alexandra Road, collections at this art museum include the works of both Welsh and international artists. The museum is currently (2014) closed for major refurbishment.
  • Attic Gallery - - The gallery is located in Pocketts Wharf a short walk down the riverside from the Dylan Thomas Centre. It is not only Wales' longest established independent gallery but one of its most active. Specialising in artists working in Wales it holds several exhibitions of new work every year with solo and group shows of paintings, graphics and sculpture. Open Tues - Fri 10 -5 and Sat 10.4-30.