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Tenby Museum and Art Gallery

Tenby Museum & Art Gallery nestles neatly on top of the old living quarters of Tenby’s medieval castle, overlooking the stunning blue flag Castle Beach and with clear views to nearby Caldey Island. This unique location is quite possibly the most spectacular venue for any site of public interest and as an ambassador for preserving and promoting the story of Tenby to Pembrokeshire visitors and locals, the museum’s owners couldn’t have chosen a better purpose.

Established in 1878, the building is the oldest independent museum in Wales. Wheelchair accessible from the top of Castle Hill, its exterior looks deceivingly small but inside is rich with stories and artefacts for all to enjoy. On entry, it’s clear to see that the museum & art gallery curators have ‘kept up with the times’, paying homage to the roots of Tenby and its people with exhibits dating back to the 9th century in addition to ensuring the younger audience is catered for, introducing interactivity for families and schools and the integration of social media platforms to assist with the project’s ongoing promotion. It’s also worth noting that their recent acceptance of the Silver Pembrokeshire Tourism Award for Best Marketing Campaign is also proof that their creative efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.

So what’s on offer at Tenby Museum & Art Gallery that will interest you in making the trip? Several different rooms house various exhibitions such as the Story of Tenby, a display of geological specimens, the history of Maritime & Piracy and various forms of art, both historical and contemporary. The team proudly promotes the ‘Kids in Museums’ manifesto which outlines 20 ways to make a visit family friendly, of which they strive to meet at all times. Examples of this are not saying ‘sssshhhhh’ to an excitable child and saying ‘please touch’ where possible to encourage exploration and innovation.

As a family visiting Tenby Museum & Art Gallery, you will learn some fascinating facts about the local area. You will hear about when pigs roamed the streets, about the Tenby born mathematician who invented the = sign, see the mammoth teeth found on Caldey Island and view the Tenby Gun up close (a 9 foot long Tudor cannon). If you are interested in maritime history, you can digest the stories of the Tenby lifeboat, HMS Tenby and local Pirate John Paul Jones. And if you have at least someone described as a child near your side, you can even dress up as one! Children are encouraged to explore the hands-on archaeology and are likely to come across conversation starters such as whale sick and dinosaur skin amongst various other delights.

In addition to the above, art lovers can visit two galleries; the first host to a permanent exhibition of paintings from artists with local ties such as Gwen John and Charles Norris and the second housing an ever-changing selection of contemporary exhibitions covering media such as photography, sculpture, glass and illustration. Award winning local glass artist Steve Robinson and illustrator Jackie Morris have both exhibited fabulous works of art here within the last few years.

It’s a must see for individuals, couples and families whilst on a short break in Pembrokeshire. If you fancy a trip down memory lane in one of West Wales’ most breathtaking areas of beauty, pop into Tenby Museum & Art Gallery. There’s no excuse, it’s literally on your way back from the beach.